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JANUARY, 1985 


English-Literature Scholar, Administrator-- 

New President Chosen For Lees-McRae 

Dr. Bradford L. Grain has been 
named president of Lees-McRae 
College. Crain, 41, has been vice- 
president and academic dean at 
Lincoln Memorial University in 
Kentucky since 1983. 

Lees-McRae's board of 
trustees held a special meeting to 
appoint Crain to the position; he 
will become president on 
February 1. He succeeds the late 
Dr. H.C Evans, who died last 

Lees-McRae is a junior college 
related to the Synod. 

Board Chairman James 
Garland said the .new president 
would provide "dynamic leader- 
ship" that would bring "new op- 
portunities for growth." 

Crain will be the institution's 
10th president. 

He graduated from Berea 
College in 1965 and earned 
master's and doctoral degrees in 



Dr. Bradford L. Crain 

sh from Harvard Univer- 
specializing in 18th and 
19th century British 


From 1970 to 1981, Crain was a 
professor of English at Stetson 
University in Florida. He became 
head of the department of 
languages, literature, and 
dramatic arts, as well as English 
professor, at Armstrong State 
College in Georgia in 1981. 

He also taught literature and 
composition while at Lincoln 
Memorial University. In ad- 
dition, he was guest professor of 
English at Freiburg University in 
Germany in 1974-75 and at the 
University of Tunis in Tunesia in 

He has considerable experien- 
ce _ in committee and ad- 
ministrative work at the in- 
stitutions where he has served. 

The new president has also 
been active in church work, in the 
United Methodist Church. At one 
church where he was a member, 

Letter Advises Soldiers On 
'Other Options' To Invasion 

An open letter to soldiers at 
Fort Bragg, published in the 
Fayetteville- Times on December 
11, advised them they had options 
if they were ordered to invade 
Nicaragua and listed addresses 
and telephone numbers of three 
religious organizations to contact 
for advice. The letter was signed 
by 85 people, mostly from North 
Carolina, including several 

Expressing respect for the 
soldiers' commitment to defend 
their country and "ideals of 
freedom," the letter then raised 
concern about possible U.S. 
military actions that "appear to 
have nothing to do with defense of 
this country or of freedom" and 
called inaccurate a portraying of 
Nicaragua as a menace to its 
neighbors. The letter added that 
the government had widespread 
popular support in Nicaragua. 

"Now it appears that the U.S. 
officials [who have been sending 
ams and ammunition to anti- 
government "Contras"] are in- 
terested in sending you to Central 
America," the letter continued^ 
"While they would be telling us 
that the attack orders would be 
for those acting as liberators, 
most people in Nicaragua would 
feel otherwise." 

The letter commented, "In this 
situation, we realize, you may 
feel in a bind. Your loyalty to our 
country is without question. At 
the same time, each of you is a 
person who cares about what is 
right and what is wrong." 

Perhaps soldiers should con- 
sider other options, the letter ad- 
vised, and do so before any such 
orders were issued. 

"Should the orders to move 
against the people of Nicaragua 

come, you do have other options. 
Although they too could bring 
personal difficulties, conscience 
and conviction have the capacity 
to override whatever hardships 
might come." 

The letter concluded by of- 
fering to provide advice in con- 
fidence, including arranging 
legal counsel if necessary. The 
organizations are the Military 
Counseling Program of Quaker 
House in Fayetteville, the 
Carolina Interfaith Task Force 
on Central America, and the 
Fellowship of Reconciliation, the 
latter based in Nyack, N.Y. 

Some of the Presbyterians who 
signed the letter were the Rev. 
W.W. Olney, campus minister at 
N.C. State University; the Rev. 
Robert Haywood III, campus min- 
ister at UNC-Wilmington; the 
Rev. Allen Proctor, Raleigh 
minister; Mary Hayes Holmes, 
chairman of Synod's Ministry 
Group on Church and Society; 

In The News 

Some Social Security 
benefits may be 
taxed . . 2 

News series on 
non-profit housing 
wins award JO 

family life 11 

as governor. . . .12 

Jane and Wes Hare; and James 
D. Bartlett. 

Some of the same people who 
signed the letter also signed a let- 
ter to the President, secretary of 
defense, chairman of the -joint 
chiefs of staff, chiefs of staff of 
the Army and Air Force, chief of 
Naval operations, commandment 
of Marines, and "all comman- 
ders" in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

In that letter, the signatories 
said that Nicaragua is not an 
enemy of the U.S. or a threat to 
its security. 

In five clauses, each beginning, 
"We remind you that..." the let- 
ter states that the U.S. has signed 
treaties forbidding intervention 
in the internal affairs of other 
members of the Organization of 
American States; the Neutrality 
Act makes illegal a "hostile act" 
against a country with which the 
U.S. is at peace; only Congress 
can declare war, under the Con- 
Continued On Page Three 

he served as chairman of the 
council of ministries. He has been 
a lay speaker and taught a course 

in the subject. 

Crain and his wife, Alice, have 
two children. 

UNC'S Presbyterian 
Ministry Affirmed 

The search has begun for a 
Presbyterian campus minister 
for the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a 
committee formed and looking 
for a campus minister A 
nominee would begin duties after 
the current school year. 

The Rev. Phyllis Kort has ser- 
ved as interim campus minister 
for two years, since the Rev. 
Milton Carothers left in 1983. The 
interim minister is not eligible 
for the permanent position. 

A group formed to study the 
possibility of an ecumenical 
campus ministry at UNC 
recommended to Synod's Council 
in October that a search begin 
for a permanent Presbyterian 
campus minister. In April 1983, 
the Council voted to make cam- 
pus ministeries ecumenical when 
staff vacancies arose except at 
locations where a strong case 
could be made for a separate 
Presbyterian ministry. 

Since then, drastic cutbacks 
have come in Synod involvement 
at two campus ministries, East 
Carolina University and Ap- 
palachian State University. In 
both cases, the Synod had em- 
ployed fulltime ministers; now it 
does at neither. 

The study group recommended 
that a specifically Presbyterian 
ministry continue at Chapel Hill. 
It gave the following reasons : 

• all other campus ministries 
at the university are strongly 
denominational ones 

• the Presbyterian ministry of- 
fers students an alternative to 

Paper 's Expansion 
Fixes Deadlines 

Now that The Presbyterian News will be published 12 times 
each year instead of 10, monthly deadlines will become fixed at 
the same time each month. This change will be an improvement 
for contributors, since in the past deadlines have differed each 

If you have news to submit, you must send it to our office in 
Raleigh by the first Monday of each month. The same deadline 
holds for advertisements. 

The newspaper will be printed on the third Wednesday of each 
month and mailed the following day. Thus, each month's issue 
will reach people's homes around the middle of the month, or 
•■hortly afterwards. 

para-church groups 

• traditional Presbyterian 
commitment helps students in- 
tegrate intellectual and spiritual 

• Presbyterian ministry is a 
living witness of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) 

• the Presbyterian student 
center is available and 
represents a traditional com- 
mitment to students 

• there is a strong link between 
the campus minister and the 
students and their home churches 

During the Council's 
discussion, Council members 
Roger Home and Virginia Couch, 
while saying a case had been made 
for the Presbyterian ministery at 
UNC and they intended to vote for 
it, said they believed the same , 
case had been made at Ap- , 
palachian. and they had voted , 
against ending the Synod's in- [ 
volvement there. 

Council member John Watkins 1 
said he was reluctant to vote for a 
permanent position at UNC until 
the Ministry Group on Higher 
Education resolves the overall 
issue of philosophy on campus ] 

The Council voted to charge the ; 
ministry group to set up the sear-' 
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JANUARY, 1985 

Weaving Faith 's Fabric 
Theme Of WOC Conference 

"Weaving the Fabric of Faith" 
will be the theme of the 1985 Nor- 
th Carolina presbyterian 
Women's Conference, announced 
Mrs. William C Neill, director. 
The conference will include two 
separate, identical sessions; 
women may attend either one. 
The first session is June 9-12, with 
the second June 12-15, in Mon- 

m he conference's Bible study 
will examine the Apostles' Creed, 
the subject also of the circle Bible 
study for 1985-86, beginning next 

?latform Bible teacher at the 
conference will be Dr. William B. 
Kennedy of Union Theological 
Seminary in New York. Keynote 
speaker will be Dr. Tyrone L. 
Burkette, staff associate with the 

A feature of the conference will 
be training classes for leaders, 
classes in personal and spiritual 
enrichment, and classes on con- 
temporary concerns. 

The Bible teacher, William 
Kennedy, is Skinner-McAlpin 
professor of practical theology at 
Union Seminary. He previously 
taught Christian education at 
Union Seminary in Virginia, from 
1957 to 1965. From 1965 to 1969, 
Kennedy served as secretary for 
education with the Board of 
Christian Education of the 
Presbyterian Church, U.S.; for 
six years after that, he directed 
the Office of Education for the 
World Council of Churches in 
Geneva, Switzerland. Following 
that service, he was executive 
director of the Atlanta 
Association for International 
Education before joining the New 
York seminary in 1979. 

While with the Board of 
Christian Education, Kennedy 
wrote Into Covenant Life, which 
introduced the Covenant Life 
Curriculum of Christian 
education in 1963. 

Kennedy graduated from Wof- 
ford College in South Carolina 
and earned a master's degree 
from Duke University, a bachelor 


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Dr. William B. Kennedy 
(Photo by John H. Popper. ) 

of divinity degree from Union 
Seminary in Virginia, and a doc- 
torate from Yale University. 

Burkette joined the Synod as 
staff associate for Synod 
ministries in 1984. His respon- 
sibilities include coordinating 
resources and work in campus 
ministry, human-rights issues, 
and concerns of the aging. He 
also is involved in the work of 
transition to a reunited church in 
North Carolina after reunion. 

Before joining the Synod, Burket- 
te was senior pastor of Dayton 
Avenue Presbyterian Church in 
St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1975. 
Previously, he served a pastorate 
in Portsmouth, Virginia, and 
taught philosophy at Norfolk 
State College. 

He is a member of the General 
Assembly's committee revising 
the directory of worship. 

Burkette graduated from 
Livingstone College in Salisbury 
and earned a master's degree at 
Interd. mominational Theological 
Center in Atlanta and a doctorate 

Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

from United Theological 
Seminary in Minnesota. 

The conference's training 
classes will be for WOC officers, 
circle leaders, and Bible-study 

The enrichment classes will 
cover such topics as art in wor- 
ship, inner and outer beauty, Ad- 
vent celebrations, and music in 

Classes on contemporary con- 
cerns will focus on such themes 
as ministering to one another as 
we grow older; ministering to one 
another as we make peace in the 
family, the church, the world, 
and the community; and 
ministering to others as we serve 
in the church, spend our resour- 
ces, and seek justice. 

WOC presidents will receive 
registration forms for the con- 
ference in late January. 
Organizers say they expect a 
large number of participants, in- 
cluding more women from for- 
mer United Presbyterian chur- 
ches in the state. 

Certain Benefits To Be 
Taxed For First Time 

Some retirees who receive 
Social Security benefits or tier 1 
Railroad Retirement benefits 
may have to pay federal income 
tax on part of those benefits, the 
Internal Revenue Service has an- 
nounced. Previously, the benefits 
were not subject to federal taxes. 

Those persons receiving Social 
Security and tier 1 Railroad 
Retirement benefits in 1984 will 
receive a Form 1099 from Social 
Security sometime after Jan. 7, 
1985. The amount of net benefits 
received will be shown in box 5 of 
the form, which should not be at- 
tached to the tax return but kept 
by the taxpayer. 

Along with the Form 1099 will 
be IRS Notice 703, which includes 
a worksheet to help the taxpayer 
determine whether part of the 
benefits may be taxable. Only 
about one in ten North Carolina 
recipients will have to pay taxes 
on benefits. 

Generally, benefits will not be 
taxable unless the income, plus 
one-half of the net Social Security 
benefits, plus any tax-exempt in- 
terest received in 1984, is more 

• $25,000 if the taxpayer is 

• $25,000 if the taxpayer is mar- 

ried, will not file a joint return, 
and did not live with the spouse at 
any time during 1984; 

• $32,000 if the taxpayer is mar- 
ried and filing a joint return; or 

• Zero, if the taxpayer is mar- 
ried, will not file a joint reutrn, 
and lived with the spouse at any 
time in 1984. 

If the combined income does 
not exceed the amounts shown, 
benefits will not be taxable. If 
any benefits are taxable, Form 
1040 must be used to report the 
taxable amount on line 21b. 

For information concerning the 
benefits shown on Form 1099, call 
the Social Security Administra- 
tion toll-free at 1-900-200-1099. For 
tax information, call the IRS at 

Correct Hunger 
Hotline Number 

A toll-free telephone number of 
the Presbyterian Hunger 
Program for information on the 
African famine is 1-800-438-9345. 
The number was incorrectly 
listed in our November issue, 
based on information we had 



How To Deal With Disasters 
Focus Of February Seminar 

A disaster-preparedness seminar in February will provide in- 
formation on the role of the religious community during 
disasters, resources available through voluntary agencies, and 
the role of governmental programs. Sponsored by the North 
Carolina Interfaith Disaster Recovery Committee, the meeting 
will be at Camp Caraway near Asheboro February 27-28. 

Representatives of Church World Service, the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and 
the Kentucky Interchurch Disaster Recovery Program will lead 
the seminar. Participants will receive Church World Service 

People interested in attending should contact the Disaster 
Recovery Committee by January 22 at 1005 Bullard Court, Suite 
107, Raleigh 27609. Telephone is (919) 872-6599. 

MacLeod Gives Sermon At 
Christian Unity Service 

Synod General Secretary John D. MacLeod preached at an 
ecumenical service celebrating the Week of Prayer for 
Christian Unity on January 13 in Raleigh. The North Carolina 
Council of Churches sponsored the service. 

The service took place at the Edenton Street Methodist Chur- 
ch. The New Spirit Choir of the Laodicea United Church of 
Christ in Raleigh sang. 

Biblical Literature Society 
Elects UTS Prof President 

Dr. James L. Mays, a Union Seminary professor, has been 
elected president of the Society of Biblical Literature for 1986. A 
professor of Hebrew and Old Testament interpretation at the 
Richmond institution, Mays will serve as president-elect this 

Mays was pastor of First Church in Lincolnton in 1954-55. 


Presbyterians Win Top Spots 
With Two National Groups 

Two Presbyterians have been elected to high offices with 
national organizations recently. The Rev. George H. Pike has 
been elected president of the Consultation on Church Union, and 
the Rev. Patricia A. McClurg has been elected first vice- 
president of the National Council of Churches. 

Pike is pastor of First Church in Cranford. N.J. He is the third 
Presbyterian to win election to presidency of the church-union 
organization, the others being the Rev. James McCord and the 
Rev. Rachel Henderlite. 

Ms. McClurg is administrative director of the General 
Assembly Mission Board in Atlanta. She will serve in the 
National Council post from 1985 to 1987 

Spiritual Retreats For 
Specific Groups Form Memorial 

A series of spiritual retreats designed around particular 
groups will be established at Montreat as a memorial to the late 
Evelyn Green, former director of the Division of National 
Mission in the Mission Board in Atlanta. Miss Green died in 
November 1981. 

The envisioned retreats will be of three to five days, com- 
prising Bible study, prayer, meditation, solitude, and personal 
and spiritual development for small groups. They may be 
designed around such groups as lawyers, doctors, and teachers, 
or recently divorced people and single parents. 

The Mountain Retreat Association seeks gifts to fund the 
program. For more information, contact the Rev. Maynard 
Fountain, director of development, Box 38, Montreat, N.C. 

Woman Elected President 
Of Davis & Elkins College 

Dr. Dorothy I. MacConkey has been named president of Davis 
& Elkins College in West Virginia, an institution related to the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She currently is vice-president 
and dean of the college at Hiram College in Ohio. She will as- 
sume her new post February 1 . 

JANUARY, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

Churches, North and South 


For some years the Presbyterian News has been 
published ten times a year. With this issue we 
resume publication on a monthly basis and I am 
more than pleased that Synod's Council has ap- 
proved this. 

As some of you know, I have been keenly in- 
terested in new church development. During the 
past weeks I was able to attend the organizational 
meeting for St. John's Church in Durham. My long- 
time friend and seminary classmate, Graham Mc- 
Chesney, is the founding pastor. On another Sunday 
I preached for the congregation being organized in 
North Raleigh under the leadership of Wilson Gunn. 
In both cases the future looks good ! 

On another Sunday I preached at Bethesda Chur- 
ch in Aberdeen, where I grew up, and where my 
sister Martha MacLeod is on the church staff. I hope 
I may be forgiven for noting that she was elected 
moderator of Fayetteville Presbytery. The meeting 
was at First Chuch, Dunn, an unusually attractive 
building, where we were graciously entertained. 
Sidney Batts is pastor. 

St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. Trinity 
Church in Durham celebrated St. Andrews Day with 
the bagpipes and gala Scottish touches. I was in- 
vited to preach wearing the kilt and had a wonderful 
time. Bill Bennett, whom I helped to ordain many 
years ago, is pastor, with Jake Kincaid as associate. 
Jake is the husband of Gwen Kincaid, who is finance 
manager in Synod's office. 

I had the special privilege of being invited to 
preach at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church just nor- 

th of Detroit. It is one of the great churches of the 
former UPCUSA, a magnificent building with 
superb art and architecture. I was treated to some 
outstanding "northern hospitality" ! They are on the 
point of getting a new minister, and the interim 
minister having departed, they were filling in with 
people from both South and North for a couple of 
months. Associate pastors David Antonson and Stan 
Wilson are both very able, and the work of that 
congregation has gone smoothly. 

On an ecumenical basis, I had the opportunity of 
preaching at the Christian unity service at Edenton 
Street Methodist, and the high privilege of joining 
with others for the ordination of Bishop Joseph 
Donoghue and his installation as the Catholic 
Bishop of Charlotte. 

We continue to work at putting our own family 
together. Joint meetings of the Synods of North 
Carolina, the Virginias, and Piedmont are 
scheduled this year in Lynchburg, Virginia. We also 
attended a large gathering of representatives from 
presbyteries in North Carolina and Southern 
Virginia at the Blackstone Retreat Center, where 
attention was focused on presbytery boundaries. 

We attended open house at the Orange Presbytery 
offices, which have been renovated and enlarged. 

On the lighter side, we enjoyed eating venison and 
joining in the annual Christmas party of the 
ministers and wives in Wilmington Presbytery at 
Camp Kirkwood. Adding to the joy were visits from 
the children and grandchilden during the Christmas 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

Why I Don 't Have A Sermon 

After the hymn of preparation, the pastor ap- 
proached the pulpit— looked at his congregation, and 
after a pause said, "I am sorry — I don't have 
anything for you this morning. My well has dried 

Not having a sermon on a Sunday morning when 
parishioners are expecting an inspiring and profound 
theological revelation from you is a recurring night- 
mare many preachers experience. This, incidentally, 
is a true story told by the late Howard Thurman, who 
was characterized as one of the best preachers of the 
twentieth century. Dr. Thurman then went on to say 
to his congregation why he didn't have a sermon. 
That weekend he was summoned to the local 
hospital. Members of his congregation, a brother and 
sister, had been involved in an automobile accident. 
The brother died and the sister was in critical con- 
dition. Her chances of survival were not good. Before 
Dr. Thurman called on the sister, the doctor 
cautioned him, saying, "If she hears of her brother's 
death, the emotional trauma will kill her." During 
his brief visit with the sister, she asked, "How is my 
brother?" "Oh, he's fine," Dr. Thurman said. This 
experience stayed on his mind all that weekend and 
consequently robbed him of the sermon he had 
prepared. So, instead of delivering a sermon, he 
made a public confession and asked for the 
congregation's forgiveness and prayers. The sister 
lived, and on a subsequent visit she thanked Dr. 

Thurman for his kindness. She said, "I knew my 
brother was dead — but I had to ask . . . yet I could 
not bear to hear the bad news. Thank you for being 
gentle with me." 

There are a number of points that could be made 
about this story. Two are predominant in my mind. 
The first point is the pastor's vulnerability with his 
congregation. This was profoundly theological. Dr. 
Thurman thought he had nothing to share but in 
reality shared much to nourish members of that 
congregation. He left them with a message which 
was stamped into their hearts. As a pastor, he 
modeled — not preached — confession. As a result, 
he and his congregation experienced the grace and 
the forgiveness of God. 

The second point is this: sometimes when we feel 
most uninspiring we are, in fact, inspiring. The spirit 
of God is constantly at work in us and others, giving 
meaning and insight to words and thoughts of ours 
that we think are ordinary. For sure, there will be 
times when the preacher will be less than inspiring. 
As a preacher, it is at such times that I remind 
myself that God still loves me. 

Serving in the pastorate is more than being a 
preacher. It is also being an administrator, pastor, 
presbyter, and community activitist. All these duties 
take time and energy. So if the sermon is weak "this 
Sunday" — or if you don't have one at all — perhaps 
it's because time and energy were devoted to these 
other dimensions of the pastorate. 


Charles E.S. Kraemer 

— "earnestly desire the higher gifts"— I 
Corinthians 12:21 — 

What Did You Want For Christmas? 

In chapters 12 and 13 of the first letter from Paul to the in 
Corinth, Paul speaks of our relationship to God and our relationship to 
other people in terms of gift-giving and gift-receiving. In chapter 12, 
beginning with verse 27, Paul lists a number of examples of very impor- 
tant gifts. Then he says, ". . . earnestly desire the higher gifts." And he 
adds, "I will show you a still more excellent way" (vs. 21). When we 
think about what we want, what we desire, we are engaging in an exer- 
cise that can be a very important factor in our spiritual growth. What 
we desire, what we want reveals something of the kind of people we are. 
It reveals our sense of values. After Christmas, which has to do so much 
with giving and receiving, seems to me an especially appropriate time 
to engage in that exercise. 


The admonition "earnestly desire" presupposes that we have at least 
some freedom of choice and therefore that we are responsible for what 
we choose and what we do not choose. There is a view of life which 
presupposes that human beings do not have any freedom of choice; 
everything we do is predetermined by factors over which we have no 
control, and therefore we are not responsible. Certainly we are not free 
in the sense that we can do anything that might pop into our minds. We 
are subject to influences and conditions over which we have no control. 
Nevertheless, the Christian faith would say we do choose between possi- 
ble alternatives in some areas of life and we are responsible for the 
choices we make. The debate between responsibility and determinism 
has gone on a long time and undoubtedly will continue. Actually, there is no 
way to prove by logical argument either that we are responsible or ir- 
responsible. We can, however, see the difference it makes in living 
whether we live responsibly or irresponsibly. We are free to choose the 
"higher gifts" ; and we have a least a sneaky feeling that we are fooling 
ourselves when we claim that we are not responsible. "The old devil 
made me do it." 

Behind the Gift 

We have a way of saying, "It is not the gift that matters, it is the : 
thought behind the gift." Sometimes we use that expression just to 
cover our embarrassment when someone in a valiant effort to find 
something for a person who has everything gives us something and we 
don't know what it is. "Oh, that is just what I wanted," we say. "What isj { 
it?" But most often we are quite sincere in saying or at least thinking 
that more important than any particular gift is the thought behind it. < 
"Somebody thought enough of me to send a gift or a card or to come by 
or called me or spoke to me in a special way." The need to be i 
remembered, to be thought of, to have some evidence of the fact that we I 
; re not alone is a basic need of our human nature. All of us are aware of i 
; in varying degrees of awareness. I know that as I grow older the need 
to know that I am not alone grows more and more important. 

The Higher Gift 

The heart of the good news of the Christian faith is the assurance thai 
we are not alone. Even in those times when it is most difficult for us t( 
believe it, we are not alone. There are many different ways to express 
that truth. One way that has been especially helpful to me I found ir 
Sam Keen's book, Apology for Wonder: "It would appear that th< 
mature man, whether religious or non-religious, chooses to credit th< 
context that nourishes and creates him as being worthy of trust" (p 
207). Keen goes on to say that the alternative to such a faith is resent 
ment leading to the view that the world is alien and hostile. Let me sa? 
again there is no way to prove either view by logical argument, bu 
anyone can see the difference it makes in actual living whether w^" 
believe that we live in an environment that is hostile or believe that Go< ' 
is love. 

• ' '' 


Christian love is the kind of love that comes alive only as we share it 
"In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent hi 1 
Son to be the expiation for [to wash out] our sins. . . If God so loved u 1 
we ought also to love one another. No one has ever seen God ; if we lov 
one another God lives in us" (I John 4: 10,11,12). 

The 13th Chapter of first Corinthians speaks to us about what love i< 
In the Christian faith, love is not just an emotional feeling. Love is tb . 
way we respond no matter how we feel. "Love is patient and kind, lov 
is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insii 
on its own way; is not irritable or resentful ..." Those words are just • 
part of the apostle's description of what love is. This is the "higher gift, 
the gift that can come to us only as we believe that God loves us. 

Letter Advises Military Commanders On Central America — 


Continued From Page One of all crimes against mankind" ; 
stitution; principles of the and members of the armed forces 
Nuremburg Judgment, binding ^ have sworn to defend the Con- 
on the U.S., call engaging in an v stitution and obey lawful orders 
aggressive war "the most serious ^ (italics in letter). 

The letter concluded with the 
opinion that military action 
against Nicaragua under the 
present circumstances cannot be 
called defensive nor orders to at- 

tack lawful. "We strongly urge 
commanders to take these mat- 
ters into consideration and 'to 
make sure that the orders they 
issue do not violate the Con- 

stitution and do not violah 
domestic or international law oi 
treaty commitments," the lettei 
said. ■ 
It was sent Dec il 



JANUARY, 1985 

Old Testament Prophets, New Communicator's 

Testament Saints Featured 

The following books are 
available from the Presbyterian 
Resource Center in Raleigh: 

Isaiah 40-66, by Claus Wester- 
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Just one century ago Dr. Horace Allen, a Presbyterian medical 
missionary, was the first protestant Christian to begin work among the 
people of Korea. In that one hundred years, the Korean Presbyterian 
Church has become one of the most dynamic Christian communions in 
the world, growing at a rate four times faster than the population of the 
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of all Koreans may be Christians. 

Last year, the Korean Presbyterian Church began its centennial 
celebration. This year, the celebration continues in this country as the 
Presbyterian Church, USA, has an opportunity to study the 
phenomenal story of Korean Presbyterianism during our Witness 
Season. Here are just a few facts about the Korean Church to get you 

• The Korean Presbyterian Church has 4.2 million members, which is 
one million more than the Presbyterian Church, USA. 

• The largest Presbyterian congregation in the world is in Seoul, 
Korea . 1 1 has 60,000 members ! 

• More than 500,000 Korean people now live in the United States, and 
new "Korean" Presbyterian Churches are being founded daily. At the 
present time there are more than 1,000 of these churches. 

• The Presbyterian Church, USA, has more than 50 missionaries 
presently working in Korea. They are supported, in part, by your Wit- 
ness Season Offering. 

Y.our congregation can learn more about the work we have been doing 
and continue to do in Korea and with Korean congregations in the 
United States. A good place to begin is an examination of the Witness 
Season packet which was mailed to all churches last fall. You will find 
there a number of study opportunities for Sunday school classes, cir- 
cles, men's programs, youth programs, and congregational dinners. In 
addition, your Presbytery AIM (Advocate for International Mission) 
will be able to suggest other resources, including the names of people 
from our area who took part in one of the study tours of Korea spon- 
sored by the Mission Board during 1984. 

If you live in an area that has a Korean Presbyterian Church, perhaps 
the pastor or one of the members would be willing to share some of their 
history, traditions, and customs with your congregation. Another 
resource, for those living in or near university communities, would be 
Korean students or teachers. 

The story of Presbyterian mission in Korea is an exciting saga. Your 
own congregation's sense of purpose is almost certain to be lifted up as 
you share the joy and hope of this story. What better way to celebrate 
the Witness Season than by a renewal of our own sense of purpose 
brought on by the example of a sister church which we helped to begin? 

General Assembly 
Communication Program 

The church does much good, 
and it needs to communicate 
what it does to the world and to 
other Presbyterians. When 
Presbyterians give to general 
benevolences through their chur- 

Two Transplanted Tar Heels Invite Their NC Friends 
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"The Ancient World of 
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June 12-24, 1985 

A 13-day pilgrimage for laity and clergy 
to the high places of Presbyterian 
heritage - Edinburgh. St. Andrews, 
London, Geneva, 

Price: $1894 

Under the Auspices of 
Columbia Theological Seminary 


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Director of Advanced Studies 
Columbia Theological Seminary 
Decatur, Georgia 30031 
Telephone: 404-378-8821 

June 16-29, 1985 

A 14-day study tour of the Ancient 
Mediterranean World including seven 
nights in the Holyland and five nights 
in Egypt. 

Price: $2095 

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The Florida State University 


The Rev. Milton S. Carothers 
Presbyterian University Minister 
548 West Park Avenue 
Tallahassee, Florida 32301 
Telephone: 904-222-6320 


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going to the Mission Board in 
Atlanta goes to communications 

The current program includes 
producing television and radio, 
filmstrips and slide shows, news 
releases and a newsletter, and in- 
formation and articles to the 
denominational magazine, 
Presbyterian Survey. 

for Y m % Children 

The following children have 
recited the children's catechism, 
for which the Synod has awarded 
them certificates and $15 each: 

Carson Barham, Holley Cobb, 
John Denny, Jennifer Wilson, 
Brooks Harris, Jason Parker, 
Stamey Pritchard, and Rebekah 
Sparrow, all from First Church, 

Stanton Denman, Stephen 
Weeks, and Ben Davis, all from 
Montreat Church, Montreat; 
Brian Dennis Perry from First 
Church, Mount Holly. 

JANUARY, 1985 



Presbytery Invites Youth 

The January meeting of 
Albemarle Presbytery, to be held 
at the First Presbyterian Church 
of Ahoskie on Saturday, January 
( 26, will be Youth Participant 
Day. Each church is invited to 
select a representative from their 
Youth Fellowship to attend this 
meeting of Presbytery. Spon- 
sored by the Christian Education 
Committee, this day will afford 
the young people of our churches 
the opportunity to experience first 
hand the workings of their 
church and learn in a concrete 
way the reality of our connec- 
tional system of government. 

The experience of the Youth 
Participants will be facilitated by 
the Christian Education Commit- 
tee in several ways. Each par- 
ticipant will receive a pre- 
presbytery packet to study in 
preparation for the meeting. 
During the morning business 
session, a mini-course will be led 

Ahoskie First 

by Bruce Ford of Presbytery's 
staff to serve as an introduction 
to what Presbytery is, how it 
works and what to expect over 
the course of the day. the Senior 
High Youth Council will make a 
15 minute presentation during the 
afternoon business session con- 
cerning its purpose, work and 
plans for the coming year. 

Seminary To "Caravan" 

Faculty and students from 
Union Theological Seminary in 
Richmond, Virginia, will 
"caravan" to Albemarle 
Presbytery on the weekend of 
March 9 and 10, 1985. Par- 
ticipatii.g churches will provide 
lodging and meals, and par- 
ticipants from the seminary will 
be available to lead Sunday 

Executives Meet 

The Association of Executive 
Presbyters met in Dallas, Texas, 
November 29 - December 1, 
1984. The group heard reports 
from several committees from 
the General Assembly, including 
the Special Committee on 
Location of General Assembly 

The issue of funding was 
discussed again, and several 
"messages" were prepared for 
presentation to the General 
Assembly Council. The 
Association will meet next in 
connection with the Church-Wide 
Staff Meeting in Boston, April 9- 

School and preach that Sunday 
morning, March 10. Sessions are 
urged to register as soon as 
possible through Presbytery's of- 
fice if they desire to participate in 
the "caravan." 


Scholarships and financial aid 
are available from the Women of 
the Church of Albemarle 
Presbytery. Eligible students 
must live in Albemarle 
Presbytery, but may attend the 
college or university of their 
choice. Awards will be based on 
applicant's church record, finan- 
cial need, leadership ability, 
scholastic ability and school 
achievement. All applications 
must be received no later than 
March 15th. 

For more information or an 
application, please contact the 
chairperson of the Scholarship 
Committee: Mrs. Ginger Asch- 
mann, mo Anderson Street, 
Wilson, North Carolina 27893. 
Telephone: 291-9096. 

Where To Go 
When She Says "No! 

"The Bible says women shouldn't be officers." 

"My husband hasn't been an officer yet." 

"My opinion as a women would not be taken seriously." 

A booklet with suggested answers to these and other 
typical responses by women has been created and distributed 
by the Sub-Committee on Women's Concerns of Albemarle 

This helpful resource was designed to be a tool for 
nominating committees as they seek to comply with the Book 
of Order G-14.0201, "Every congregation shall elect men and 
women. . ." 

Sixteen responses, by women who are uncertain about ac- 
cepting a nomination to serve as an officer, are answered. 
Many answers are scriptural, some practical, others matter 
of fact— all sincere examples of what to say or Where To Go 
When She Says, "No!" 

± 11*5 /-±IL 

January, 1985 

Dick Gammon Retires 

A retirement party for the Rev. 
Richard R. Gammon has been 
scheduled for Friday evening, 
January 25, 1985, at a place to be 
announced. The Rev. Murphy 
Smith has agreed to be "Master 
of Ceremonies." All clergy (and 
spouses) are urged to attend. 

Mr. Gammon will be retiring 
effective January 31, 1985. He 
was licensed on June 21 and or- 
dained on September 5, 1943, by 
the Presbytery of Wilmington. 
After pastorates in 

Chinquapin,N.C, Dunn, N.C., 
and Columbia, TN, Dick has ser- 
ved as pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church, Greenville, 
since his installation on July 27, 

In Albemarle Presbytery he 
has served as moderator and on 
the Council several times. Dick 
has been a member and chairman 
three times of the Committee on 
Ministry, on the Church 
Relations Committee and twice 

SOS Projects 



The Christian Education 
Committee has submitted 
requests for Special Opportunity 
for Support projects. These are 
part of a list to be compiled by 
Presbytery's Council from all 
committees with "over-and- 
above" projects needing funding. 
If your congregation, church 
school class, circle or other 
groups or individuals wish to 
choose one of these projects con- 
tact the Presbytery Office for a 
more complete listing. 

Youth Ministries 

1. Scholarship to send a senior 
high youth to the Career and Per- 
sonal Counseling Service at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian College. 
10 Scholarships at $150 each. 

2. Scholarship for a member of 
the Presbytery Youth Council to 
attend the Montreat Youth 
Leadership Conference. 10 
Scholarships at $175 per youth. 

3. Scholarship for a youth or 
adult to participate in a work- 
service project 20 Scholarships at 
$200 per participant. 

4. Sponsor a Youth Council 
meeting. 10 meetings per year at 
$50 per meeting. 

Leadership Development 

1. Sponsor a Cluster Training 
Event. 4 events per year at $100 

2. Scholarship for an adult to 
participate in the Montreat 
Christian Education Conference. 
6 Scholarships at $150 per par- 

Resource Center 

1. One portable Video Cassette 
Recorder for $800. 

2. One Color Video Camera for 

3. Purchase VCR blank tape. 6 
tapes at $10 per tape. 

4. One Shure Mixer for $350. 

5. One Conference Microphone 
for $150. 

6. One Lavalier Microphone 
(Clip-On) for $35. 

7. One Microphone Stand, $65. 

Dick Gammon 

has been a Commissioner to the 
General Assembly. 

Some of his Synod activities in- 
clude being a member of Synod's 
Council, chairman twice of the 
Nominating Committee, a mem- 
ber of what is now the Higher 
Education Committee, a member 
of the Christian Education Com- 

mittee and Director of a Synod 
Youth Conference. Dick has ser- 
ved as a trustee of Davidson 
College since 1974. 

One of the highlights of his 
ministry was the three months he 
and his iamily spent in Scotland. 
They "exchanged" pulpits, 
houses, cars, etc., with a minister 
and his family from Loch 
Gilphead, a village in the western 
highlands. While there, they 
toured the country and spent a 
week at St. Andrews where he 
taught a short course. 

Born in Brazil to missionary 
parents, Samuel Rhea Gammon 
of Bristol VA, and Clara Moore 
Gammon of Richmond, VA, Dick 
first came to the states when he 
entered Davidson College. 

He is married to Flora Mac- 
Donald Gammon. They have a 
daughter, Miss Flora MacDonald 
Gammon, who is an operating 
room supervisor in Waynesville, 

Lonely People Served 

Thanksgiving at First was 
again celebrated at the First 
Presbyterian Church of 
Washington, North Carolina. It 
was the fifth time the doors of the 
church were opened to any and 
all who wanted to come and share 
in the warmth and the fun and 
fellowship as well as the food. 

The idea originated in the mind 
of a Chicago immigrant who 
operated a restaurant there for a 
number of years. Out of gratitude 
for being given a new lease on life 
in this country and because of the 
support of the community for his 
restaurant this man decided to 
open the doors of his business to 
anyone over 60 years of age so 
that Thanksgiving Day would be 
more of an event than normal for 
the lonely people of the com- 
munity. On top of all that, it was 
free of charge. 

The media picked up on this 
unique human interest story and 
the idea came to the mind of the 
minister of the First Church in 
Washington. He in turn men- 
tioned it to a YOUNG Adult Sun- 
day School Class and the idea 
became a reality and has been an 
event in the life of this com- 
munity for five years now. 

In 1979, twenty or so meals 
were served. In 1984, 225 were 

Washington First 
served to people who could com* 
to the church as well as to thos( 
who could not get out. Teams o 
people took food and drink and £ 
message of cheer from the chur 
ch. Teams of people served a; 
transportation hosts to pic* 
people up and deliver then, to th< 
church. Men and women cookec 
and worked in the kitchen for 
several days. Some received con 
tributions of food and monej 
from church members as well a: 
other churches. Several churcl 
families came and served a: 
surragate children and gran 
dchildren for the event. 

Once again Presbyterians ii 
Washington have made a dif , 
ference in the lives of people at ; 
special time of year. 

Calendar of Events 

(All meetings at Presbytery Office unless stated otherwise. ) 


19 10:00a.m. 

Briefing for Clerks and Treasurers 

21 7:30 p.m. 

Briefing for Clerks and Treasurers, Rocky 

Mount First 

22 7:30 p.m. 

Briefing for Clerks and Treasurers, 

Williamston First 


Dick Gammon Retirement Party 

26 10:00a.m. 

Presbytery Meeting, Ahoskie First 


2 2:00p.m. 

Youth Council 


Sprunt Lectures, Union Seminary, Richmond 

7 6:00p.m. 

Church Relations Committee 


Criminal Justice Sunday 


N.C. Presbytery Executives Meeting, 



International Missions Conference, 

Goldsboro ■ 



JANUARY, 1985 


Newton-Conover First 
Presbyterians took an adven- 
ture that turned out to be a 
great success. Homes 
throughout the community 
were open for supper on Sun- 
day evening and small groups 
were assigned to each for a 
meal together. Following the 
meal all gathered back at the 
Church at 7; 45 for dessert and 
Christmas fun. The Junior 
High Fellowship furnished 
child care for the supper hour. 

First Church, Belmont, 
"greened the church" on 
Saturday Dec. 1 beginning 
with an early breakfast after 
which several men departed 
to find Christmas trees, large 
and small, forthe sanctuary 
and fellowship hall. Young 
people and others arrived to 
decorate the room for display 
and a sale of articles ordered 
from SERRV by the 
Ecumenical Mission and Rela- 
tions Committee. When the 
sanctuary tree was set up, 
representatives of each WOC 
circle came to unpack 
Chrismons and lights to 
decorate it, while another 
team arranged the Advent 
Wreath and smaller trees. 
Still others hung door and win- 
dow wreaths. Children were 
kept busy making ornaments 
for the fellowship hall by 
members of the Youth 
Fellowship. Lunch was serv- 
ed, work was finished, the 
whole church was ready for 
the Christmas season, and it 
was a great time for all. 

Bethpage did it another 
way, hoping to make the 
"Hanging of Greens" an an- 
nual ceremony. The whole 
congregation was invited to 
come at 4:30 p.m. to make 
wreaths and other decorations 
in small groups. At 7 : 00 a brief 
service of dedication of the 
greens were held. 
Refreshments were served 
during the afternoon. Young 
children made Advent 
wreaths to take home for 
family worship and the older 
ones made candles for the 

Forest City Presbyterian 
Church has begun an 8:45 

A.M. worship service on Sun- 
day mornings, with the 
Church school at 10:00 and 
11:00 service. 

An International Missions 
Weekend will be sponsored by 
the First Church of Morganton 
on February 9-10 in coopera- 
tion with the Waldensian 
Church, Valdese, Green 
Street, Quaker Meadows, 
McDowell and Bridgewater 
churches. The Reverends 
Laura and Brad Long are to be 
speakers at several programs 
and services. 

The Sun Family, third Cam- 
bodian refugee family to be 
sponsored by the First 
Presbyterian Church of 
Statesville, celebrated their 
first Christmas in the United 
States. Here since March of 
1984, they have become self- 
supporting and able to provide 
their own transportation to 

"Uncle George Becomes 
Reverend!" proclaims the 
Parkway Presbyterian 
Church, Winston-Salem. 
Where a service of Ordination 
was held in November for 
George Ploger, 65 and a 
teacher of the Believers Sun- 
day School class there for 
several years. He "toughed it 
out," they say, "with the help 
of the Lord" and was approv- 
ed by Presbytery, studied at 
Columbia theological 
Seminary, and becomes "a 
uniquely able, well-trained 
talented Chaplain to senior 
citizens who are undergoing 
some of the more tragic 
ailments related to old age." 

Eight international students 
have been guests of the North 
Wilkesboro Presbyterian 
Church during the two weeks 
of holidays from school. Each 
has spent a week with one 
family in the church before 
moving to be with another for 
a week. Trips to Old Salem, 
the Biltmore House and Junior 
Johnson have been features 
for the visit, with a New 
Year's Eve Party planned. 
Christine Arweiler, a German 
student attending school in 
New York State, played a flute 
solo at the Candle Light 
Christmas Service. 

The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII Number 1 Sally McQueen, Editor January, 1985 

Women At Work 

Scholarship Application Forms 
have been sent to the churches of 
the Presbytery by the Committee 
on Women. Students already in 
college or planning to attend may 
apply for aid. Those present 
recipients who desire renewal 
must make that request by letter 
along with a transcript of grades 
for the preceding year. Forms 
should be completed and in 
Presbytery's office by March 1. 
There are always more qualified 
applicants than can be given 
financial aid and local womens' 
groups are asked to consider 
directing unused funds to the 
Scholarship Committee. 

Chairperson^- of Christian 
I Community Action will be 
I ntified of places and times for 
>riefing on the 1985 Birthday Of- 
ering which are to be held in 
tlarch. Local WOC Presidents 
ire also asked to attend. 

Reservations for housing 
during the North Carolina 
Presbyterian Womens' Con- 
ference should be made as soon 
as possible after January l. 
Session I dates are Sunday, June 
9, through Wednesday June 12 
noon and for Session II, Wed- 
nesday, June 12, afternoon 
through Saturday June 15 noon. 
Identical programs will be of- 
fered for both sessions on the 
theme "Weaving the Fabric of 
Faith." The platform Bible hour 
is to be led by Dr. Will Kennedy of 
Union Theological Seminary, 
New York, on the Apostles' Creed 
which is the subject of the '84-'85 
Circle Bible Study. A twenty 
dollar deposit, refundable before 
May 10, is required to reserve a 
room. Make reservations directly 
with William Black Lodge, 
Assembly Inn or Montreat-An- 
derson College, Montreat,- N.C. 

Walters In 



The Youth Council of the 
Presbytery of Concord is pleased 
to announce that John Paul 
Walters, a well-known Christian 
vocalist, will appear in concert on 
Sunday, February 10, 1985 at the 
First Presbyterian Church of 
Morganton. This event is opened 
to Junior and Senior High youth 
groups, and their advisors and 
chaperones. It begins with a light 
supper at 4:00 p.m. with the con- 
cert following at 5:30 p.m. Cost 
for the entire event is $4.00 per 
person. The event will end around 

"This is an exciting oppor- 
tunity for youth groups to have an 
outing," said Mike Patterson, 
Moderator of the Youth Council. 
"We are indeed happy to have 
John Paul Walters back with us. 
He has done concerts in the past 
and is always well received by 
the youth of the Presbytery." 

Publicity has been sent to the 
churches and registration is 

Youth Rally 

Mike Patterson, Moderator of 
the Youth Council of the 
Presbytery of Concord, announ- 
ced the dates of the Spring Rally. 
It will be held Saturday-Sunday, 
April 13-14, 1985 at Camp Grier. 
The theme will be "The Making 
of Peacemakers" and the Rev. 
Jim Watkins of the Presbyterian 
Peacemaking Program will be 
the leader. This is also the time 
when a new youth council will be 
elected. Nominating forms will 
be sent to the churches in late 
January or early February. 

Hunger Action 

In the month of December 
"2-Cents-A-Meal" brought in 
$8,700.00 bringing the six 
month total for the project to 
$30,000. 36 churches have con- 
tributed to this figure. Eigh- 
teen more have approved the 
program and will be "coming 
on" in the coming months. 
There are many more chur- 
ches that are making their 
plans to begin "2-Cents-A- 
Meal" in the spring. We re- 
joice that the grant of $15,500 
to the Nutrition Center in 
Nicaragua has been made and 
that a grant of the Lenoir Soup 
Kitchen (requested by the 
First Church of Lenoir) has 
also been awarded. Three new 
projects will be presented at 
the January Presbytery; one 
of which is new international 

A workshop on "One Great 
Hour of Sharing" will be held 
on Feb. 17 at 2:30 at the 
Celsary Presbyterian Church. 

Sydnor and Harwell 
Lead Worship Event 

The Rev. Harwell and Dr. 
James Snydor will be two of the 
outstanding leaders of the Nur- 
ture Committee's mid-winter 
training event: "Celebrating 
Life: A Look at the Way we Wor- 
ship," to be held on Saturday 
February 23, 1985 at the First 
Presbyterian Church of 
Statesville from 9 : 30 to 4 : 15 p.m. 

The event will open with wor- 
ship led by the Rev. Vin Harwell 
who is the pastor of the Mount 
Vernon Presbyterian Church in 
Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Har- 
well is not only well known in the 
area of liturgy, but he also 
pastors a church and comes with 
great deal of practical experien- 
ce which can be applied to 
smaller and larger churches. Af- 
ter worship a presentation and 
discussion will take place on the 
nature and purpose of worship. 

The afternoon section consists 
of a variety of learning oppor- 
tunities with outstanding leaders. 
Dr. James Sydnor, Professor 
Emeritus of the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education, 
will lead a workshop entitled 
"Music in Worship." The focus is 
to help participants gain insights 
and skills in the use of music in 
worship services. 

A workshop on the work of the 
Worship Committee of the local 
church will be led by Mr. Robert 
Byrd, an elder and presently 
chairperson of the very active 
worship committee of the 
Blacknall Presbyterian Church 
in Durham, North Carolina. 

Rev. David Partington will 
help participants gain insights 
and skills into how to involve the 
entire congregation in the wor- 
ship of God. Rev. Partington is 
pastor of the Shallowford Presby- 
terian Church in Lewisville, N.C. 

Rev. Jeff Lowrance, associate 
pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church in Lenoir, will lead people 
in developing their personal 
relationship to God through 


An overnight meeting of 
Presbytery is to be held on 
January 25-26 at the Highland 
Presbyterian Church in Winston- 
Salem. A 1985 Mission Budget of 
$1,914,973.00 is to be proposed by 
the Finance Committee and the 
Coordinating Council. A service 
of Presentation of the history of 
the Presbytery entitled "Con- 
fronted by Challenge" is 
scheduled for Saturday morning, 
January 26. The author is the late 
Rev. Neill R. McGeachy, retired 
minister of the First 
Presbyterian Church, Statesville, 
and active in the Presbytery for 
twenty-nine years. The Rev. 
James H. Banbury, Associate 
Pastor of the Highland Church, is 

Dr. James Sydnor 
prayer, meditation and solitude. 

A workshop entitled, "Making 
The Sacraments Real" will be led 
by Rev. Walter R. Smith, 

Associate General Presbyter for 
Christian Education of the 
Presbytery of Concord. The em- 
phasis is on helping people to 
discover the meaning and 
significance of the sacraments 
and how they might share that 
meaning with others especially 

"This is an exciting event," 
said Chris East, chairperson of 
the planning team. "We hope that 
people will see this event as one 
that is not just for clergy or 
DCE's but for all laypersons 
especially those elders and 
deacons who serve or have ser- 
ved on worship committees or 
have been involved with worship 
in any way." 

Brochures have been sent to all 
churches. Please register so that 
the committee will know how 
many to plan for lunch. 
Registration fee is $5.00 per per- 
son and is payable by all who at- 



14 Nurture Committee, 

1:30 p.m. 
17 Church Development 
Committee, 3:00 p.m. 

21-22 Joint Hunger Committee, 
6:00p.m. to4:00p.m. 

25-26 Presbytery Meeting, High- 
land Presbyterian Church, 


2 Youth Council, 10:00 a.m. 
7 Witness Committee, 

10 John Paul Walters 
Concert, 4:00 p.m. 
First Presbyterian, 
23 Worship Workshop, 9:30- 
4 : 15 p.m. , First Pres- 
byterian, Statesville. 

JANUARY, 1985 



Smith Installed MOC President 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Missionary Couples Itinerate 
During Global Mission Season 

Mr. Wayne Smith (Peace 
Church) was installed as 
President of Men of the Church at 
the Fall Retreat at Camp 
Monroe. The installation service 
for new officers was conducted 
by the Rev. Thomas K. Spence of 
Peace Church. 

The Men of the Church held 
rallies in April and October in 
1984. Approximately 99 men at- 
tended each of these rallies. 

The following other officers 
were elected and installed: 
President Elect: Jim Ross (Sum- 
merville), Vice-President: 
Lawrence Simpson (Pocket), 
Secretary -Treasurer: Ellis 
Beard (Vaughn Memorial) 
District Vice-Presidents: 1. Pat 
Lynch (Grove), Jimmy McCor- 
mick (Barbecue), 2. Clyde Webb 
(Galatia), James Johnson 
(Peace), 3. Tom White (St. 
Pauls), Curtis McGuirt, Jr. 

Mrs. Juanita Hudson will be in- 
stalled as President of the 
Women of the Church at the an- 
nual meeting in March. Mrs. 
Hudson is a native of Johnston 
County and resides at Cross Road 
Farm near Benson with her 
husband, Mack. They have two 
sons and four grandsons. Mr. 
Hudson is a farmer and Mrs. 
Hudson owns and operates Cross 
Road Interiors and Antiques and 
has worked as an interior 
designer for several years. 

The Hudsons are members of 
the Ebenezer Presbyterian Chur- 
ch where Mr. Hudson serves as 
an an elder and Mrs. Hudson as a 
deacon and Sunday School 

i. Lent-Easter Resources 

1. Griggs, Donald and Patricia. 
Teaching and Celebrating Lent- 
Easter. 2. Alessi, Vincie-editor. 
Programs for Lent and Easter. 3. 
Learning Centers 

A. Learning Centers for Lent- 
Easter - NTEP, Grades 1-6. 

B. Learning Centers for Lent- 
Easter, NTEP Series 1 Grades 3- 

C. Six Learning Centers for 
Youth- Adults, Lent-Easter, 

D. Six Learning Centers for 
Grades 1-6, Lent, Cycle B, NTEP. 

II. Confirmation 

1. Thomas, Virginia and Davis. 
God's Family at the Table. 

2. Turnage, Mac N. and Anne 
Shaw. Explorations Into Faith. 
(Leader's Guide) Sutherland, 
Judith A. A Journal. (Student 

III. Witness Season 

1. Billings, Peggy. Fire 
Beneath the Frost: The Struggles 


(Fairmont First), 4. Harold Stone 
(Raeford), William Peele (Mid- 
dleton Heights), 5. Tom Worth 
(Brownson Memorial),- Arne 
Brolin (Community). 


of the Korean People and Church. 
Comprehensive look at history, 
culture, religions, and political 
realities that Shape Korea today. 
A study guide is included as a 
final section. 


3. Audio-Visual: Through the 
Deep Waters; Korean Presby- 
terians Give Witness, 15 minute 
filmstrip and cassette tape. 

WHAT? Clerks and Treasurers' 

WHEN? Sunday, January 27, 

1985, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 
WHERE? Raeford Presbyterian 


A trained professional with 
Social Security in Fayetteville 
will attend the workshop and will 
bring brochures and up-to-date 
information on social security as 
it pertains to clergy and lay 
employees. Make plans to attend 
this very informative session. 
Also present: C.P.A. and tax at- 

The Global Mission Season is 
observed in February and March 
of 1985. We will seek to do 
something significant for our 
Global Mission effort. We want to 
raise over $1,000,000 to sup- 
plement the Mission Out Reach of 
our Church. Our missionaries are 
doing an excellent work and 
deserve our prayers and finan- 
cial support. 

We will have three Missionary 
couples itinerating in February 
and one in March. Dr. & Mrs. 
Herb (Paige) Codington of 
Bangladesh; and Dr. & Mrs. Alan 
(Alma) Gordon of Brazil, will be 
here February 9-14. Dr. & Mrs. 
Birch (Peggy) Rambo, of Zaire 
will be available February 17-20. 
Revs. Brad and Laura Long, of 
Taiwan will be available in Mar- 
ch 13-17. 

We look forward to their being 
with us in the spring. The Chur- 
ches throughout the presbytery 
that have been able to sign up for 
a Missionary visit are: Antioch, 
Broadway, Brownson, Cameorn, 
Carthage First, Church in the 
Pines, Community, Culdee, Dunn 
First, Edgewood, Hamlet, Fay. 
First Church, Laurel Hill, 
Leaflet, Lillington, Lumberton 
First, Manley, Marks Creek, 
Maxton, McLean & Rourk, Mc- 
Millan, Middleton Heights, Mt. 
Pisgah, Pocket, Red Springs, 
Rockingham First, Sanford Fir- 
st, Sherwood, St. Andrews, St. 
Pauls, Village, Wayside, White 

The Churches of the Fayet- 
teville City area will have the 
services of Dr. & Mrs. Herb 
Codington and Dr. and Mrs. Alan 
Gordon for a two day period, 
February 9-10, to observe the 
Mission Season. The Churches of 
the area are planning for their 
visits. Please look for publicity as 
the time grows nearer. 

We have tried to let as many of 

To Hunger 

In his children's sermon two 
weeks ago Rev. W.W. Olney gave 
the kids a cup to take home and 
collect small change. 

Sunday he was quite surprised 
when the kids turned in almost 
$80.00 for the Ethiopian "Hunger 

J.A. Lewis Jr. 
Treasurer, Biscoe Church 

Dear Presbytery of Fayetteville, 
We girls and boys of this church 

are sending a gift for the people 

of Bangladesh to help feed those 

who are hungry. 
We are sending 7,175 pennies, 

but the treasurer of our church 

will just write a check for $71.75. 

This will pay for 3,587 meals. 

With Love, 

Necole Thomas, Heather 
Thomas, Catherine Etheridge, 
Peyton McAliley, David 
Etheridge, David McAliley, 
Courtney Gillis, Marsha Ray and 
Brian Etheridge. 

the Churches be exposed to our 
Missionaries as possible. For that 
reason we have split the couples, 



so more churches can have an 
opportunity to meet them and 
become familiar with their work. 





Calendar Of Events 

(All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Office unless otherwise noted. ) 

19 9:30 a.m.— Division Orientation-Highland Church (lunch to be 

23-25 10:00 a.m.— Pastors' Start-Up-St. Andrews Presbyterian 
College, Laurinburg 

27 2-4 p.m.— Clerks and Treasurers Workshop— Raeford Church 

28 6:00 p.m.— Di^sion of Outreach and Ecumenical Relations 

29 5:00 p.m.— Division of Church Development and Redevelopment 
31—6:00 p.m.— Division of Education 


6 Division Chairs 

7 12 Noon— Committee on Ministry 

11 6: 30 p.m.— Division of Stewardship and Finance 

12 2:00 p.m. Presbytery's Council 
19 12:30 p.m.— Church Educators 

23 9:30 a.m. Fayetteville Presbytery (place to be announced) 

Juanita Hudson WOC President 

Resource Center Materials Available 



JANUARY, 1985 

Soviet Seminar To Focus 
On U.S. -Soviet Relations 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor 

January, 1985 

A rare opportunity to par- 
ticipate in a peacemaking 
seminar in the Soviet Union is 
open to Mecklenburg youth. 

Thirty-six Presbyterian youth, 
ages 18-24, who have a demon- 
strated interest in peacemaking, 
will be selected by a national 
committee to form a seminar 
group to the Soviet Union next 
July 29-August 22. 

This seminar's purpose will in- 
clude the development of a group 
of Presbyterian 18-24-year-olds 
with a background in and a com- 
mitment to a re-examination of 
U.S. -Soviet relations. 

The group will aim *oward a 
breakdown of dividing walls of 

hostility, discovering with Soviet 
Christians the "oneness" we 
have in Jesus Christ. 

Applications must be made to 
Presbytery through the 
Presbytery's Task Force on 

Information concerning trip 
details, application procedures, 
and costs are available from 
Jocelyn Hill, Staff Resource per- 
son, or Neil McMillan, Selwyn 
Avenue Church, Task Force 

Applications must reach 
Presbytery Office by Feb. 15, as 
final selections must reach the 
National Selection Committee by 
March 15. 


Steele Creek 
Presbyterian Church 
February 16 — 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. 

A Presbytery tradition, these workshops are for EVERYONE. 
In a aiet season of the year, there are opportunities for reflec- 
tion, growth, and challenge. This year's offerings include: 

Four Seasons Of Faith 
For Single Adults 

Cheryl Hammock 

For single adults and persons working with them, the focus 
will include "Growth, Change, Loss, Hope". 

Approaches To 
Christian Education 

Sara Little 

For ministers, educators, Christian Education Committee 
members, this workshop will investigate major approaches to 
Christian Education on the contemporary scene. 

Creative Ways To Study 
And Teach The Bible 

Lamar Williamson 

For church school teachers, circle Bible moderators, ALL 
PERSONS, this workshop will include Bible study as well as 
reflection on ways to study. 

Re-Create With Recreation 

H.C. "Woody" Woodward 

For youth leaders, youth, recreation leaders, this workshop 
will focus on new games and new ideas for leading recreation. 

The Hurried Child 

Jean Floyd Love 

For parents, teachers, ALL PERSONS, this workshop will in- 
vestigate causes of stress in children and work together on 
strategies to address this concern. 

Growing Up To God 

Lionel Gilmer 

For all persons, this workshop is to provide an inquiry into the 
relationship of health, illness and wholeness in the light of 
theology and experience. 

Diversity And The 
Re-United Church: 
Year I, Black/ White 

Calvin Houston, Tyrone Burkette, 
Dudley Flood, Sandra Martin, Moderator 

For all persons, this workshop will begin a series on the diver- 
sity in the PCUSA, focusing this year on listening and respon- 
ding to the experiences, traditions, and hopes of Black Presby- 

Brochures Are In The Churches and Registration Deadline Is 
February 12. 

Missions, Peacemaking Reports 
Highlight Presbytery Meeting 

The 52nd stated meeting of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery con- 
vened at St. Giles Presbyterian 
Church in Charlotte on December 
4, 1984. 

The highlights of the meeting 
were a report on international 
missions, a decision to approve 
the call of Mrs. Carolyn Bender, 
and a presentation to churches 
that adopted the Commitment to 

The meeting opened with wor- 
ship led by Robert Smith, 
associate pastor of Sardis Ch^«- 
ch.In his sermon, he focused on 
the church's ministry to youth. 

Urging his listeners to give 
more attention and resources to 
youth ministry, he concluded, 
"Youth are not the future of the 
Church. They are part of the 
Church now." 

After worship, Mary Neil 
Alexander, Elder at Matthews 
Church, was elected moderator. 

Percy Burns, pastor, welcomed 
the presbytery to St. Giles Chur- 
ch. He told of that church's com- 
mitment to missions (presently 
supporting 26 missionaries) and 
their involvement in the local 
work of Loaves and Fishes. 

The Interpretation Committee 
presented a report on ordination. 
This report set the stage for the 
presbytery to discuss the call of 
Mrs. Carolyn Bender to the 
"media ministry of Christian 

The Committee on Ministry 
recommended that presbytery 
approve her call, and after some 
debate, they did. She will now 
complete the process of 
examination and be presented to 
the February meeting of 

The Peacemaking Task Force 
focused the presbytery's atten- 
tion on the 14 congregations who 
have made the Commitment to 
Peacemaking. These 

Annual Missions 
Conference Set 

Forty-five missionaries and 
mission speakers, and fifty chur- 
ches will participate in the twen- 
ty-fifth annual Charlotte Con- 
ference on Witness and Missions, 
January 26-30. 

Each church plans and 
promotes its own local conferen- 

In addition, an International 
Fair for youth will be held at 
Philadelphia Church in Mint Hill 
on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1:00- 
3:30 p.m. 

Missionaries and two key 
speakers will bring the challenge 
of missions to junior and senior 
high youth. 

Youth director for the Fair is 
Fred Holbrook, associate pastor 
of Amity Church, assisted by 
Brant Baker, associate pastor of 
Philadelphia Church. 

The entire conference is being 
coordinated by Finley M. 
Grissett, pastor of McQuay 
Memorial Church. ' 

congregations have agreed to 
emphasize peacemaking in the 
worship, study, and outreach of 
their churches in the years 

Each church was presented 
with a framed certificate from 
General Assembly and a copy of 
Walter Brueggemann's book, 
Living Toward a Vision. 

The Missions Committee made 

Moderator Nominee 

Neil M. McMillan 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 
will meet on Tuesday, 
February 26, at 9:00 a.m. at 
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte. Neil M. 
McMillan, pastor of Selwyn 
Avenue Church, is Moderator- 

New AV Equipment 
Available At Center 

Two new pieces of audio-visual 
equipment have recently been 
purchased by the Resource Cen- 

They are a Caliphone 
phonograph with P A. system, 
and a large cassette recorder. 

The Caliphone phonograph has 
variable speed control, which 
makes it ideal for folk or square 

The large cassette recorder has 
two 5" speakers, which makes it 
ideal for use in large rooms or 
Fellowship Halls. 

To reserve equipment, or for 
more information, contact Judy 
Hays at Presbytery Center. 

a presentation highlighting the 
Church's work overseas and in- 
viting congregations to use the 
missionaries who are on 

As a part of their program, 
they introduced Dr. J. Davidson 
Phillips, President of Columbia 
Theological Seminary. Dr. 
Phillips gave an eloquent talk on 
the Church's work in China and 
South Korea. 

The presbyters also elected 
representatives to attend the 
197th General Assembly in In- 
dianapolis. Ministers elected 
were Fred Holder, Douglas 
Oldenburg, and Robert Maclin. 
Elders elected were Virginia 
Tyson, Charles Johnson, and 
Mimi Child. The youth delegate 
will be Todd R. Baker. 

Friendship Trays 
Deliver Hot Food 
To City Shut-Ins 

Friendship Trays provides 
hospital-prepared hot meals and 
brief visits to shut-ins or those 
who otherwise are not able to 
prepare nutritious, balanced 
meals for themselves— par- 
ticularly the elderly. 

Through donations made by the 
Two Cents a Meal Program, 
churches, and individuals, 
Friendship Trays provides sub- 
sidy for those persons who are- 
unable to pay for their meals, 
currently one-third of all meals 

Beginning in 1976, five chur- 
ches banded together to purchase 
meals from Mercy Hospital in 
order to serve a few families in 
one neighborhood. 

By 1984, over 230 meals a day, 
prepared by several hospitals 
and nursing homes, were being 
served in various sections of 

The waiting list has also grown 
to 140 names. 

If you would like to volunteer 
for Friendship Trays, call 
Beverly Howard at 333-9229. If 
you would like further infor- 
mation on Two Cents a Meal, con- 
tact Scottie Lindsay at 375-4976. 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


16 2:00p.m.— Nominating 

17 7:00 p.m.— Barbeque and Square Dance for Singles- 
Mallard Creek Church 

22 7:00 p.m.— Church Assistance 

23 2:00p.m.— Nominating 

26-30 Charlotte Conference on Witness and Mission 
30 2:00 p.m. —Nominating 


7 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

10 2:30-8:00p.m.— Worship Workshop— Philadelphia Church 
13 7:00 p.m.— Church Assistance 

16 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.— Winter Workshops— Steele Creek 

JANUARY, 1985 



Capital Fund 
Campaign Progresses 

"Red" Wilson, General Chair- 
person of Orange Presbytery's 
$5.9 million Capital Funds Cam- 
paign announced today the suc- 
cessful enlistment of the district 
chairpersons for the area wide 
portion of the campaign. 

Enlisted are: District I — Mrs. 
P.M. "Mo" Hooper, Rev. Robert 
Wells; District II — Mrs. Jane 
Miller, Rev. George Capente;r 
District III — Staley Garrison, 
Rev. Timothy Bird; District IV — 
Roland R. Wilkins, Rev. Graham 
McChesney; District V — Mrs. 
David (Olive) Worth, Rev. W.T. 
Perkins; District VI — Richard 
Sydnor, Rev. Nancy McCann; 
District VII — Mazelle Godwin, 
Rev. Bill Leist. 

Wilson continued, "I am en- 
thusiastic at having such a fine 
group of men and women willing 
to share their time and talents in 
this cause." Over the coming 
weeks these chairpersons and the 
teams they are enlisting will 
carry the story to all the Sessions 
in Orange Presbytery. 

This campaign seeks to raise 
$1.6 million for Church Develop- 
ment; $1.2 million for the 
Presbyterian Home in High 
Point; $1.2 million for the White 
Gate Retirement Home in 
Raleigh; $763,650 for Camp New 
Hope and Presbyterian Point; 
$886,350 for a new Conference 
Center; and $75,000 for the NC- 
CCW After-Care Facility. 

FRANK DIMMOCK and KAMEMBA in front of Rehabilitation Office. 

Love In Action 

Excerpts from a letter from. 
Frank Dimmock. technical ad- 
visor for public health and com- 
munity development at 
Mbujimayi's Christian Health 

"It is inspiring to witness the 
growing strength of Christian 
faith, hope and love in this land. 
Confronted by financial obstacles 
and governmental intimidation, 
many people would give up. The 
fiath of our brothers and sisters 
continues to develop despite their 
conditions — or, more precisely, 
on account of their conditions. 
Signs of hope are reflected in the 
faces of many who come to the 
Center for help. There is hope — 
there is hope for marmasmic 
children in the nutrition 
program; there is hope fo 
thousands of children vaccinated 

each year; there is hope for the 
father with tuberculosis ; there is 
hope for improving food 
availability in the local markets. 
There is hope! There are many 
signs of Divine Love in the work 
here. Love is action; it's a follow- 
up visit to the home of a 
malnourished child; it's 200 days 
each year of vaccinating 
throughout the city. Love is 
taking time; it's taking time to 
explain agricultural techniques 
to villagers; it's taking time after 
work to show fiimstrips on health 
to church groups ; it's remaining 
compassionate when surrounded 
by screaming babies and suf- 
fering people. 

Please continue to pray for the 
spread of faith, hope and love in 
this land. Through our obedience 
to God we have the power to 

Witness Season '85 

Witness Season is here 
again— a time when many of our 
churches focus programmatic at- 
tention on our international 
mission work. This year's 
denominational emphasis is on 
KOREA and the celebration of 
100 years of Presbyterian witness 
in that land. The theme is 

In the Dec. issue of "The Latest 
News", Presbytery's Resource 
Center newsletter, many of the 
recommended resources were 
listed which are available 
through our centers. In the Nov. 
issue of The Presbyterian News, 
is a listing of missionary 
speakers who are available. Con- 
tact Ms. Jane Miller, Advocate 
for International Mission for 
Orange Presbytery, to arrange 
for a speaker in your church. Her 

phone number in Asheboro is 625- 

In addition, Ms. Jane Daniel, 
senior civil engineering student 
at NCSU, Raleigh, is also 
available as time permits, to 
share her experiences as a sum- 
mer '84 Volunteer in Mission. 
Jane is a member of First Chur- 
ch, Smithfield, who served as a 
volunteer aid in a hospital clinic 
run by the Presbyterian Church 
of Brazil. 

Among her responsibilities 
were changing diapers, making 
beds, and helping to feed patien- 
ts. Jane observed that during her 
free time she reflected about 
"how God would have her think 
about what life is all about." To 
contact Jane, write or call. Her 
address: Box 21144, North Hall, 
NCSU, Raleigh, N.C. 27607, and 
her phone number is 737-6958. 

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January, 1985 

Kerygma Workshop 
Set Feb. 11-12 

Philip asked, "Do you 
understand what you are 
reading?" "How can I unders- 
tand," he replied, "unless I 
have someone to guide me." 
(Acts 8:30,31). 

James Smart in his book 
The Strange Silence of the Bi- 
ble in the Church has written: 

The embarrassment of 
every educational program in 
churches... is the difficulty in 
finding persons who unders- 
tand the Scriptures sufficient- 
ly to be able to interpret them 
intelligently to anyone else. 
Neither their years in church 
school nor their years of 
listening to sermons has taken 
them far enough into the 
Scriptures for them to find 
their way about by themselves 
or for their daily life to be 
guided and sustained by what 
they hear. The diminishing of 
opportunity for exposure to 
Scripture which we have 
observed would lead us to ex- 
pect in the immediate future 
not an improvement, but an 
accentuation of this 

Presbytery's Christian 
Education Committee is spon- 
soring a day-and-a-half orien- 
tation workshop on 
KERYGMA, an exciting effec- 
tive program for the study of 
the Bible now being used in 
over 1000 churches in the 
United States to facilitate the 
study of the Bible as a whole, 
to teach skills of biblical inter- 
pretation, and to assist church 
members in learning basic 
biblical content. 

KERGYMA is from the 
Greek and literally means 
proclamation and because the 
word refers not only to the act 
of proclamation but also to 
that which is proclaimed when 
referring to the good news of 
Jesus Christ, the word is 
translated "gospel" and is us- 
ed in this program of Bible 
study for that which en- 
courages the proclamation of 
good news from Genesis to 
Revelation. The content of the 
KERGYMA program is the 
Bible itself; 90 percent of the 
time the student spends in 
preparation will be in reading 

Haiti Mission Trip 

Fifteen members of the 
Alamance Presbyterian Church 
in Greensboro and two 
Presbyterians from Asheboro 
joined together in a 9-day mission 
work camp in Haiti last summer. 

The work site was St. Croix 
Hospital, a joint mission of the 
Presbyterian and Episcopal 
Churches. The hospital is in 
Leoganne, which is about 30 
kilometers from Port-Au-Prince, 
the capital of Haiti. Haiti is a 
country of stark contrasts— lush 
tropical beauty coupled with the 
worst poverty in the Western 
Hemisphere, with an average 
yearly per capita income of $70. 

The trip was financed by $4,500 
from the church and personal 
funds from those going. The ven- 
ture was a first for Alamance 
Church, inspired by a challenge 
given by Pansie Evers at 
Alamance's annual "Big 
Meeting" in August, 1983. 

There was anxiety about the 
project, fear of AIDES, living 
conditions, and violence. And 
there were unfounded rumors 
that at least some of the group 
would be sleeping in grass huts on 
banana leaves. 

One major highlight was the 
gathering in the living room of 
the guest house the evening of the 
group's arrival and watching Dr. 
David McNeeley, head of the 
mission team at St. Croix open 15 
duffel bags of gifts and supplies 
brought for the hospital. "It was 
just like Christmas," said one of 
the group. "It made you realize 
that it is more blessed to give 
than to receive," said another. 

In addition to the $1,500 cash 
gift, the group gave 250 pair of 
new blue jeans, about 50 new 
shirts, $400 worth of tools, bags of 
candy, handbags, medical 
supplies, and several hundred 
tooth brushes, tubes of toothpaste, 

the Bible. The program is 
organized around ten them es 
which can be developed in a 
flexible manner tailored to the 
local congregation's needs 
and settings for systematic 

Want to learn more about 
this exciting program? Plan 
now to participate in the 
workshop. Dr. Frank C. Bates, 
Executive Director of 
KERYGMA will be leading 
participants on Monday and 
Tuesday February 11-12 at 
Mebane Presbyterian Church, 
Monday 9:00 A.M. until 8:30 
P.M. and Tuesday from 9:00 
A.M. until noon. The par- 
ticipation fee is $25.00 per per- 
son which includes lunch and 
dinner on Monday. Limited 
scholarship monies are 
available. Contact Bob Poteet 
in Presbytery's office for 
more information. Deadline 
for registration is February 4, 

and bars of soap. 

Several members of the group 
built casing for newly drilled 
wells. Others built school desks 
for 30 children, five large tables, 
two portable medicine 
chests, as well as doing some 
mechanical work on a car used 
by the missionaries. Still others 
painted the hospital isolation 
ward, nursing quarters, and 
pediatrics wards, and assisted in 
the medical clinics and phar- 

The time was not all spent at 
work. There was great 
fellowship. Dr. Kilpatrick, the 
oldest member of the group at 68, 
entertained the Haitians by doing 
flips and magic tricks. A game of 
Trivial Pursuit and playing with 
the children in pediatrics became 
nightly traditions, and the group 
even made it to the beach. 

When departure came, there 
was a reluctance to leave a coun- 
try and people who had captured 
their hearts. One member 
remarked, "I was reluctant to 
leave because there is still so 
much for us to do." Each mem- 
ber of the group wants to return 
feeling that a part of their hearts 
was left in Haiti. 

Members of the group were: 
Tracey Curtis, Wendy Royal, 
Michele Walker, Barbie 
Freeman, Helen Grade, Brad 
May, John Dyson, Jr., Joann 
Dyson, Beth Burd, Ralph Hobbs, 
Randall Jobe, Lynn Connelly, 
Mary Drinkard, Harris Ricks, 
and Candy Reid. 

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Bible Study in Depth 

Summer Options 

Have you considered the many 
possibilities for taking advantage 
of vacation time and the change 
of pace from school year 
schedules to offer different nur- 
ture opportunities for your 
children, youth, and adults? 

The Christian Education Com- 
mittee of Orange Presbytery is 
sponsoring A SUPER DIP OF ' 
SUMMER OPTIONS at Univer- i 
sity Presbyterian Church, Chapel 
Hill, on Sunday afternoon, : 
Februarv 24. from 2:30-5:30 
P.M., for chairpersons of 
Christian Education Committees, 
planners of Vacation Church 1 
School, and other key leaders of 
children, youth, and adults, to 
explore ways of using summer 
months more effectively. 

Mark your calendars NOW and ll 
plan to attend. Participation fee j! 
is $2.00 per person, payable at the ii 

Special sections on: 

♦service options , 

♦vacation church school 

♦family ministry j. 

♦worship ] | 

♦camps and conferences ■ , 



JANUARY, 1985 

Lesson Five: February — "On That Day . . . " — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

What did it mean? What does it mean? 
These are the two questions that concern us in Bible 
study as we try to hear the word God is speaking to us. 


What did the Book of Zephaniah mean for the time the 
prophet spoke— and wrote? And what is its continuing 
message? Our study book furnishes a guide for the ex- 
ploring of these two levels of meaning. (See "Context of 
Zephaniah," pp. 43-44/ Concern 16a-18a). 

Zephaniah appears during the last third of the seventh 
century, after the long reign of King Manasseh, and 
before the reforms under King Josiah had taken effect. 
The superscription (Zeph. 1:1) identifies the prophet as 
being in the royal family. (For no other prophet is lineage 
traced back four generations so chances are that the 
Hezekiah mentioned was not some obscure individual but 
the king.) But Zephaniah does not trade on this 
distinguished ancestry; like the eighth-century prophets 
he lashes out at the injustice and corruption he observes. 

His prophecy begins with a pronouncement of judgment 
that is about as devastating as any we find in the Bible: 

"I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of 
the earth," says the LORD. (1:2) 

Doom is coming, and Zephaniah spells out its details in 
terms of "the day of the LORD." 

It may be that the particular historical event that 
prompted the prophet's alarm was the invasion of 
Scythians, a horde of pillagers from the North, who were 
not a long-term threat like the Assyrians or Babylonians 
but who nevertheless created havoc as they swept in on 
their horses and plundered Judah. 

In Chapter 1 the prophet describes the sinful activities 
that prompt the LORD to threaten to visit Judah in 
judgment. Follow the study book's summary of the 
various groups of sinners, beginning with "idolaters" 1:4- 
6 (middle of p. HI Concern near bottom of 16b), and 
discuss the identity of these groups among us, as the 

Histories Added To 
Synod's Library 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

prophetic word becomes a mirror showing us ourselves. 
At the heart of Zephaniah's condemnation is the ac- 
cusation that his hearers are 

"Those who have turned back from following the LORD, 
who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him," (1:6) 

and who believe the LORD is impotent, saying in their 
hearts, "The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill." 

It is our sins of omission, not just of commission, that 
bring on the judgment of the Almighty. 


To read Zephaniah against the backdrop of the threat of 
nuclear destruction that hangs over us all now is to shud- 
der with the awesome possibility of "a day of wrath ... of 
ruin and devastation, . . of darkness and gloom." You and 
your group may not want to talk about it, but all of us need 
to be open to whatever message God may have for us in 
these ancient words. While the biblical writers viewed the 
LORD as acting directly through nature to punish, God 
has revealed to us that he also puts power— along with res- 
ponsibility—into human hands. We, through our political 
leaders, our scientists, and all those who exert influence, 
can bring on— or put off— or call off— the day of dread and 
destruction. What do you hear God laying on your heart to 
say? to write? to do? 


Zephaniah puts together three imperatives that offer a 
way of avoiding calamity that threatens. In 2:3 he pleads, 

"Seek the LORD . . . seek righteousness, seek 
humility." The prophet leaves for us in our own situation 
to translate what it means for us to do these three 
things— which are really one style of life. The open, 
earnest search for God is rewarded, for God is more will- 
ing to be found than we are to seek. As God said to 
Zephaniah's contemporary, Jeremiah, 

"You will seek me and find me . .. when you seek me 
with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13) 

To seek God's presence is to seek at the same time 
righteousness; and when we search for God and 

righteousness we necessarily become humble— though we 
do not realize it. As Zephaniah says, it is "the humble of 
the land . . . who do his commands." (2:3) 

After the prophet promises judgment against Judah's 
enemies (Zeph. 2:4-15) and Judah's political and religious 
leaders (3:1-10), he returns to the theme of humility in 
3:11-13 and promises a remnant that will be "humble and 
lowly," that will "seek refuge in the name of the LORD." 
(vs. 12) 


The terrible picture of wrath and destruction with which 
Zephaniah's prophecy began turns to one of joy and sing- 
ing at the conclusion. Beginning with a pastoral scene at 
the end of 3: 13, the absence of fear is woven into the exul- 
tant promise for the future (3:15, 16), recalling from the 
Shepherd's Psalm (Psalm 23) the assurance, "I fear no 
evil." For Zephaniah, for David, for us, 

"The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you 
shall fear evil no more." (Zeph. 3:15b) 


1. Before you read any helps, go through the text of 
Zephaniah in your Bible, and see what ideas come to you 
through these three chapters. Then plan your presentation 
with the help of Chapter 5 in the study book, noting 
especially the "Pause and Reflect" questions you want to 

2. Ask a person with imagination (from within your cir- 
cle or without) to do a soliloquy as Zephaniah. Material 
from the text would include his royal background (figure 
out exactly what kin he was to King Josiah) in tension with 
his concern for the "humble and lowly" ; his insistence on 
God's punishment for sin in tension with the renewal of 
God's love ; his interest in animal imagery, etc. 

3. As you mull over what the Book of Zephaniah means 
to you, write down three verses or phrases on an index 
card to carry in your pocket or bag as reassurance or 
challenge in the next weeks. 

Charlotte TV Series On 
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The following books have been 
added recently to Synod's 

Cameron, Dennis W., Cypress: A 
Monument, A Temple, A Testa- 
ment, 1826-1976, pp. 

Pons, John, A History of the 
Waldenses, 2nd ed., 1982. 68 pp. 

Stokes, T. Durward, A History of 
Graham Presbyterian Church 
1850-1983. Graham, T.D. Stokes, 
1984, iv, 102 pp. 

Tourn, Giorgio, The Waldensians: 
The First 800 years (1174-1974). 
tr. CP. Merlino, ed. C.W. Ar- 
buthnot, Torino, Claudiana, 
1980. xvii, 244 pp. 

Watts, George B., The Waldenses 
of Valdese, Charlotte, heritage 
Printers, rev. 1980. 174 pp. 

Weeks, Lewis B., Kentucky 

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Women of the Church, Synod of 
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History of, Raleigh, Edwards 
and Broughton, n.d., 136 pp. 
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has won a national award for a 
news series on a non-profit hous- 
ing program for the poor, one in 
which church people have work- 
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WPCQ, an NBC affiliate, 
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mer Award from the National 
Association of Home Builders for 
"Nail by Nail," a five-part series 
that in addition to covering the 
non-profit program investigated 
the need for low-cost housing in 
Charlotte. Reporter for the series 
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The housing program is Cor- 
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poor people to build or renovate 
modest housing; such people 
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"Cornerstone is more than just 
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Design Progressing For New 
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The design of a new women's 
organization for the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) is well under- 
way, with teams from both for- 
mer denominations' women's 
groups meeting in October to con- 
tinue work. Each presbyterial 
will discuss the design next 

Included in the proposed design 
is a statement of purpose, which 
reads: "Forgiven and freed by 
God in Jesus Christ, we commit 
ourselves to seek, through the 
study of scripture, God's will for 
us and the world; to do justice; to 

support the mission of the church 
worldwide; to become an in- 
clusive, caring community of 
women; to celebrate our gifts of 
ministry through our life within 
the Presbyterian Church 

Proposed name of the new 
organization is Community of 
Presbyterian Women. 

The working group will modify 
the design further after the 
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will be in the summer of 1986. 

JANUARY, 1985 



Family Living Conference To Explore Intimacy 

A psychiatrist nationally 
recognized for his belief in the 
positive relationship of 
Christianity to mental health will 
be featured speaker at the Art of 
Family Living Seminar, spon- 
sored annually by the 
Presbyterian Counseling Center 
in Greensboro. This year's 
meeting will be held February 1-2 
at First Presbyterian Church in 

Dr. James Mallory, the 
speaker, will address "Blockades 
to Happiness," "Communicating 
Love," and "Intimacy and Con- 
flict Resolution." Mallory direc- 
ts the Atlanta Counseling Center 
and has written two books on 
modern living, based on biblical 
counsel, The Kink and I and Un- 
twisted Living. Mallory will 
speak on Friday night, February 
1, and twice on Saturday. 

Dr. James Mallory 

In addition to those addresses, 
15 workshops will cover aspects 

Ministerial Changes 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

W. David McSwain has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Wilmington Presbytery to 
accept the call as pastor of 
Gil wood Church in Concord. He 
was a student. 

George A. Ploger has been or- 
dained by Concord Presbytery. 
He is a student, doing further 
graduate study. 

Kay M. Misenheimer has been 
dismissed by Orange Presbytery 
to Knoxville Presbytery. He was 
stated supply of Dogwood Acres 
and Whispering Pines Churches 
■in Asheboro. 

James E. Drinkard has been 
dismissed by Orange Presbytery 
to Holston Presbytery. He was 
pastor of Alamance Church, 

William C. Goodnight has been 
installed by Albemarle 
Presbytery as pastor of Peace 
Church in Greenville. He had 
been organizing pastor of the 

Thomas A. Little is now a stu- 
dent. A member of Wilmington 
Presbytery, he was pastor of 
Southport Church. 

Eleanor H. Alexander has been 
dismissed by Wilmington 
Presbytery to Norfolk 
Presbytery. She had been a 

William B. Cartwright has been 
received by Fayetteville 
Presbytery from Orange 
Presbytery to accept the call as 
pastor of Macedonia Church, 
Candor. He was pastor of Siler Ci- 
ty Church. 

St. John's Church in Durham 
was organized by Orange 
Presbytery on Nov. 18. It was 
formerly the North Durham 
Organizing Church. 


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Graham C. McChesney has 
been installed by Orange 
Presbytery as pastor of St. John's 
Church in Durham. He was 
evangelist for the North Durham 
Organizing Church. 

Lawrence G. Calhoun has been 
received by Wilmington 
Presbytery from Fayetteville 
Presbytery. He is honorably 

D. Burke Kerr has been receiv- 
ed by Wilmington Presbytery 
from Fayetteville Presbytery. He 
is honorably retired. 

George J. Clementson has been 
received by Wilmington 
Presbytery from Grace 
Presbytery. He is honorably 

Oliver Stang has been received 
by Wilmington Presbytery from 
Scioto Valley Presbytery. He is 
honorably retired. 

Robert E. Button is now serv- 
ing as interim pastor of Dogwood 
Acres and Whispering Pines 
Churches in Asheboro. A member 
of Orange Presbytery, he was 
part-time pastor of El Bethel 
Church in Eden. 

Edward C. Hay has been 
honorably retired by Wilmington 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
First Church, Wilmington. 

M. June Highfill is now a 

member-at-large of Wilmington 
Presbytery. She had been pastor 
of Pleasant View Church in 

Milton M. Foust has been 
honorably retired by Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery. He was pastor 
of Norwood Church. 

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12. He was an honorably retired 
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of the seminar's theme, "The 
Anatomy of Intimacy," including 
various topics in parenting, being 
a teenager, marriage, the family, 
and personal growth. Participan- 
ts may choose two workshops. 

One session focuses on "Models 
for Family Ministry in the Chur- 
ch" and will be open only to 
pastors and directors of Christian 
education. Offered only once, 
Saturday morning, the workshop 
will feature Dr. Heath Rada, 
president of the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education. 

Organizers will provide care 
for children under four, at a cost 
of $3.00 per child. The Friday 
night address will cost $2.00, 
while Saturday's sessions, in- 
cluding lunch, will cost $15 ($25 

for two people registering 
together, $10 for fulltime studen- 

For further information or to 
register, contact the 
Presbyterian Counseling Center, 

P.O. Box 5638, Greensboro, N.C. 
27435. The telephone number is 
(919) 275-9324. People who 
register should include a check 
payable to the Center for the 
seminar, including child care. 

Face-To-Face Meeting 

Ministers interested in 
relocating can meet pulpit 
nominating committees at a 
Face-to-Face meeting in the 
Synod of the Northeast on May 4 
in Bloomfield, N.J. 

For more information, contact 
Virginia Tyler, registrar, Synod 
of the Northeast, 3049 East 
Genesee Street, Syracuse, N.Y. 
13224. The telephone number is 

(315 ) 446-5990. Registration 
deadline is March 29. 

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For 20 Years, Presbyterians 
Occupy Governor's Office 

The 160,000 Presbyterians in 
North Carolina constitute 
something less than 3 percent of 
the state's population. But with 
the election of James G. Martin 
as governor, they have been 
assured of having a member of 
their denomination in the gover- 
nor's mansion for 20 consecutive 

Martin is steeped in 
Presbyterian tradition. His 
father, the Rev. Arthur Martin, 
was a Presbyterian pastor and 
church executive in South 
Carolina. Gov. Martin's brother, 
Neal, was named for the Rev. 
Neal Anderson, a former pastor 
of First Presbyterian Church of 
Winston-Salem, and a close 
friend of the Martin family. 

Jim Martin himself was a 
member of the faculty of David- 
son College, a Presbyterian- 
related institution, from 1960-1972 

and served on a number of 
church committees. 

The string of Presbyterians in 
the governor's mansion began in 
January, 1969, when Bob Scott, 
an elder of Hawfields 
Presbyterian Church at Haw 
River, was elected the state's 
chief executive. Scott, a 
Democrat who now heads the 
state's community college 
system, has intensified his 
church interests through the 
years and is moderator of the 
Presbytery of Orange. 

He was succeeded as governor 
by Republican James 
Holshouser, who was a deacon at 
First Presbyterian Church at 
Boone. Since leaving the gover- 
nor's mansion, Holshouser has 
moved to the Southern Pines area 
and is now a Presbyterian elder. 

Former Gov. Jim Hunt, a 
Democrat, is an elder at First 
Presbyterian Church in Wilson 

and participated in church ac- 
tivities during the eight years he 
was in the mansion. 

Martin, a Republican, played 
down his church relationship dur- 
ing the campaign so much that a 
member of the staff in his cam- 
paign headquarters in Raleigh 
had to check his biography to be 
sure of his church relationship. 
Martin's first term as governor 
will end in January 1989, assuring 
the 20-year influence of 
Presbyterians in the governor's 
office. He will be eligible for a se- 
cond term. 

This article was first published 
in the Winston-Salem Sentinel on 
Nov. 8 and is reprinted with per- 
mission. Bill East is on the edi- 
torial staff of the Sentinel and 
Winston-Salem Journal; he is an 
elder at First Presbyterian Chur- 
ch in Winston-Salem and a for- 
mer moderator of the Synod. 

Sam Hope: U.S. Intervention In 
Central America ' Another Vietnam' 

American intervention in Cen- 
tral America has "all the ear- 
marks of another Vietnam," says 
the Rev. Sam R. Hope, who 
recently resigned as executive 
director of the Montreat Con- 
ference Center. Hope went to 
Nicaragua for two weeks in 
December with a Witness for 
Peace delegation to observe con- 
ditions there. 

During 1966-68, Hope worked in 
Saigon with Vietnam , Christian 
Service, helping resettle refugees 
and with medical and social ser- 
vices. "I witnessed the United 
States become increasingly 
mired in the rice paddies and 
jungles of Vietnam," he wrote in 
a report on his Nicaraguan ex- 

As for the Central American 
policy of the U.S., Hope said, 
"America has no business inter- 
vening in the affairs of the 
sovereign nation of Nicaragua. 

The conterrevolutionary forces 
which the U.S. is equipping, 
training, and supporting are 
waging a war of terrorism on the 
civilian population. 

"It is abhorrent to Christian 

Based on talks with individuals 
in Nicaragua, and on worship 
services, Hope said there is both 
religious freedom and fervor 
among the masses of people. 

Hope was one of 17 Americans 
in the delegation who wrote 
President Reagan a letter from 
Nicaragua, protesting American 
policy and calling for a change in 

"We believe you have been 
gravely misinformed on the 
nature and- intent of the 
revolution in this land," they wrote 
the President. "Nicaragua is no 
threat to the United States, ex- 
cept as a model of compassionate 

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action for its poorest citizens." 

The letter cites several inciden- 
ts reported during the group's 
stay in Nicaragua of civilian 
workers being ambushed and 
killed by anti-government 
guerrillas. "Schools, hospitals 
and farm cooperatives have been 
repeatedly targeted and 
destroyed," the letter says. "We 
do not believe the average 
American would accept the 
civilian and terrorist nature of 
this war, or that it is being 
carried out with U.S. supervision, 
training and funding. ' ' 

After recounting their ex- 
periences in the country, the 
writers tell the President, "If you 
had seen and heard what what we 
did, Mr. President, you would 
change your mind and your 
policies." Among specific steps 
they suggested were to stop 
military intervention, including 
funding of guerrillas; sign the 
Contadora Accords, negotiated 
by several Central and South 
American countries to resolve 
the Nicaraguan crisis; resume 
normal trade relations; and stop 
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Dr. WILLIAM V. ARNOLD (left), dean of Union Theological Seminary 
in Virginia, receives the Mayor's Committee 1984 Award from Dr. ROY 
A. WEST, mayor of Richmond in recognition of the seminary's outstan- 
ding service to the disabled. 

UTS Recognized For 
Serving The Disabled 

Union Theological Seminary in Virginia has received the Richmond 
Mayor's Committee 1984 Award for outstanding service to the disabled. 

The award went jointly to UTS and Richmond Memorial Hospital, 
who collaborated to build an exercise course for both disabled and non- 
disabled. The course was built on the seminary's Westwood Tract next 
to one of the student apartment buildings and across the street from the 
hospital. Staffs of both institutions, patients, students, and neighbors 
use the course. 

The award cited the track as an example of cooperation between 
major institutions through which "the disabled individual is afforded an 
opportunity to share in meaningful recreational pursuits in a manner 
parallel to those of non-disabled individuals." 

Conference Examines 
Women, Economic Justice 

A migrant worker, a minister, 
a woman living at the poverty 
level, and one who had been 
there: these were the women sent 
by Synod's Ministry Group on 
Church and Society to a con- 
ference on "Women, Faith, and 
Economic Justice" in Durham in 
November. Many of the women 
attending the conference were 
Presbyterian, a participant 

The Rev. Jeanette Stokes, a 
Presbyterian, helped organize 
the conference. 

There were three segments. In 
the first, a panel gave infor- 
mation on the "feminization of 
poverty." Panelists included 
Leah Wise of Southerners for 
Economic Justice, Jennifer Hen- 
derson of the North Carolina 
Hunger Coalition, and Nancy 

A panel led off the second 
segment with personal stories. 

The panelists were textile 
workers, recently divorced 
women, and women who had 
received federal aid for depen- 
dent children. Following the 
panel, participants gathered in 
small work groups to share their 
own stories. 

The final segment also began 
with a panel, presenting analysis 
of what women can do. Panelists 
were Pam Silberman of Legal 
Services of North Carolina; Dr. 
Elizabeth Welch, a psychologist 
and gerontologist; Imelda 
Maurer of Connective Ministry 
Across the South; and Bertha 
Sims of Women in the Work For- 
ce. Participants then gathered in 
work groups again for planning. 

The conference was sponsored 
by the equal-rights committee of 
the North Carolina Council of 
Churches, the Religious Network 
for Equality for Women, and the 
Resource Center for Women and 
Ministry in the South. 

Stillman Kicks Off 
Capital Funds Drive 

The Stillman College board of 
trustees has announced the 
beginning of a capital funds cam- 
paign to increase the institution's 
endowment and to renovate its 
most historic building. The board 
has established a goal of 
$3,200,000, of which $912,000 will 
be earmarked for the complete 
restoration of Winsborough Hall, - 
the women's dormitory construc- 
ted in 1922. The balance of the 
monies raised will be used to 
establish endowed student 
scholarships as well as special 

funds to enhance faculty salaries. 
A small portion of the total — 
$250,000— will be applied to cam- 
pus beautification projects. 

Dr. Alex Chambers, chairman 
of the Stillman board, said ad- 
vance gifts and pledges to the 
drive total $905,000, including 
several individual gifts of at least 
$100,000. "I am especially 
pleased to be able to report that 
92 percent of the trustees are 
already on record as having 
made a financial commitment to 
this campaign," Chambers said. 

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Glade Valley Seeks Over $200,000 To 
Stay Open For Remainder Of School Year 

Glade Valley School is now at a 
crossroads : the 75-year-old 
Presbyterian school needs 
$237,000 before the end of March 
in order to remain open to the end 
of the school year, and a total of 
$500,000 by June 30 to enable it to 
continue operating beyond that. 

"If Presbyterians want the 
school to continue its mission of 
working with teens who have 
good academic potential, but 
for many reasons have not been 
academically successful, they 
must quickly and generously give 
their financial support, or Glade 
Valley School will be forced to 
close its doors," said J. Gilmour 
Lake, one of the institution's 

In the longer run, the school 
needs $2 million to retire the 
existing debt, renovate facilities 

for the expanded enrollment ex- 
pected next year, and provide 
financial aid to students who 
can't afford the full tuition. Lake 
said the trustees believe the in- 
stitution needs that amount to 
reach a stage where it is 
operating "beyond hand and 

The school is a co-educational, 
four-year, boarding high 
school in the mountains of North 
Carolina. Orange Presbytery 
founded it in 1909 to serve moun- 
tain children from areas that had 
no public secondary education. 
Orange and Concord 
Presbyteries now support the in- 

It needs funds now for essential 
support in all areas of its 
operations : programmatic and 
staff support, substantial im- 

provements to the physical plant 
that must be made immediately, 
and continued operation of the 

Lake said the school seeks gif- 
ts, which are fully tax-deductible, 
in stock, real estate, gifts-in-kind, 
or any negotiable securities. 
Memorials or gifts honoring in- 
dividuals will be appropriately 
recognized, he said. The 
trustees are seeking support 
from Presbyterians throughout 
North Carolina. 

The Winston- Salem Journal 
reported in late January that the 
school this year has an 
enrollment of 60 students, three 
times last year's figure, and that 
the institution could take more 
students if it had space to house 

Lake said the school provides a 

Committee Says Government 
Planted Spies In Churches 

In a strongly worded 
statement, the General Assem- 
bly's Advisory Council on Church 
and Society objected in January 
to the indictments of 16 U.S. 
citizens leading the Christian 
sanctuary movement for Central 
American refugees and protested 
"the use of government spies to 
infiltrate churches in violation of 
constitutional guarantees of 
religious freedom." The 
statement squarely challenges 
the government's policies on this 
issue and calls on Presbyterians 
to confront them. 

Presbyterian News Service 
reported that Central American 
refugees arrested on the same 
day, January 14, were in some 
cases "arrested by agents who 
presented themselves as mem- 
bers of sanctuary committees. 
Some of the agents involved in 
collecting evidence against the 
indicted sanctuary workers were 
active in Arizona churches and 
volunteered to take part in the 
underground railroad which 
transports Central American 
refugees to safe haven." 

Those involved in providing 
sanctuary have maintained that 
the refugees are fleeing warfare 
and political persecution in Cen- 
tral America, and face possible 
death if they are deported. 

The U.S; government contends 
that the refugees are in fact 
fleeing economic conditions in 
their homelands, not political 
persecution, and as such fall un- 
der the illegal aliens act, under 
which the sanctuary workers 
have been charged with har- 
boring and transporting illegal 

The Rev. John Fife, pastor of 
Southside Presbyterian Church 
in Tucson, Arizona, and Philip 
Conger, a member of that church 
and director of the Tucson 
Ecumenical Council, were 
among those arrested in 
January. The refugees arrested 
were in sanctuary with 
Presbyterian and Catholic 
congregations in Arizona ; Down- 
town Presbyterian Church in 
Rochester, N.Y.; a Methodist 
congregation in Philadelphia ; 
and a Baptist congregation in 

Mechanical Problems 
Cause Delayed Papers 

Because of problems with the machinery we use to print our 
mailing list, some readers of The Presbyterian News did not 
receive their January issue until several weeks after it had been 
printed. We apologize for this delay. We hope the problem has 
been corrected. 

Synod's Council has approved purchase of a computer for the 
Office of Synod, so we expect to have our mailing list com- 
puterized soon ; this change should help us to avoid any more 
delays because of our mailing-list equipment. 


Conviction on conspiracy to 
harbor aliens, as Fife is charged, 
carries a maximum fine of 
$15,000 and a 10-year prison term. 

The Advisory Council stated: 
"Given the church's obligation to 
protect the defenseless and 
welcome the sojourner, and the 
First Amendment's guarantee of 
freedom of religious expression, 
those who participate in the 
church's ministry of sanctuary 
are undertaking an action which 
they are duty bound to perform. 
Presbyterians in the sanctuary 
movement act also in the context 
of specific General Assembly 
commendation and support of 
such ministry." 

In the Christian Century of 
January 30, Fife is quoted as 
saying the government planted 
recording devices on agents and 
infiltrated the churches. "We ex- 
pect that to happen in Russia, 
Eastern Europe, and in 
totalitarian countries," he is 

Continued On Page Three 

In The News 

Catawba and 
Women Meet 2 

Introducing The 

Foundation 2 

Churches Try To 
Bridge Gaps 
In Community . 12 

rural, mountain setting; a low- 
teacher student ratio; work ex- 
periences; and religious of- 
ferings. "The faculty and staff 
provide a structured college- 
preparatory program within a 
framework of Christian com- 
mitment and love, " he said. 

"The Glade Valley School 
clearly supports the worthiest of 
goals: that of addressing the 

needs of young people who, 
through Glade Valley School, will 
be able to achieve their poten- 
tial," he added. 

For more information, contact 
Lake at (919)761-1524 or Anne 
Mackey at the school, (919)372- 
5614. Its address is Glade Valley 
School, Box 506, Glade Valley, 
N.C. 28627. 

Campus Ministry 
Policies Reversed 


The Synod's stance on campus 
ministry appears to be reversing, 
with a renewed emphasis on 
specifically Presbyterian 
ministries. Discussion at the win- 
ter meeting of Synod's Council on 
Feb. 13 seemed to confirm a 
recent tendency in such a direc- 
tion and away from an emphasis 
in the past couple of years on 
changing to ecumenical 

Accompanying this trend is a 
move by the Ministry Group on 
Higher Education to reassert 
control over policy, which the 
Council had assumed during the 
period of emphasis on 
ecumenical ministry. Because of 
financial problems of the Synod 
several years ago, the Council's 
budget and audits committee 
formulated a policy adopted by 
the Council, that campus 
ministries would become 
cooperative with other 
denominations when the present 
campus minister's term ended or 
a vacancy arose, unless a strong 
case could be made for con- 
tinuing a separate Presbyterian 
ministry. After the establishment 
of this policy, the committee 
recommended and the Council 
approved ending Presbyterian 
ministries at Applachian State 
University and East Carolina 
University, thus drastically 
reducing Synod expenditures, 
since there were fulltime 
ministers at both. 

In the past six months, 
however, the Council has ap- 
proved a new three-year contract 
for the Presbyterian minister at 
the University of North Carolina 
at Greensboro, the Rev. Joseph 
Flora, and authorized a search 
committee to find a Presbyterian 
campus minister, for a three- 
year term, at the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 
both moves recommended by the 
ministry group. During 
discussion of the Chapel Hill 
search, several Council members 
said they believed a case had 
been made for a Presbyterian 
ministry, but that the same case 

had been made at Appalachian. 

At the February meeting, the 
Council approved another 
ministry group proposal, a new 
three-year term for the Rev. 
W.W. Olney, campus minister at 
N.C. State University. Like 
Flora, he received a strong en- 
dorsement from the ministry 

The Rev. Stewart Ellis, a 
Council member, asked if a case 
had been made for a 
Presbyterian ministry. The Rev. 
John Eliason, moderator of the 
ministry group, replied that a 
new philosophy of campus 
ministry developed by the com- 
mittee and submitted to the 
council for study stressed the 
need for Presbyterian ministry 
on campuses. 

The proposed philosophy asser- 
ts that "The Presbyterian Church 
has historically sought to bridge 
the gap between religious 
maturation and intellectual 
development." It also notes, "We 
provide forums where students 

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Olney And West To Speak 
At N.C. Women's Conference 

The Rev. WW. Olney, 
Presbyterian university minister 
at N.C. State University, and Dr. 
Benjamin S. West, associate 
pastor of Starmount Church in 
Greensboro, will be inspirational 
speakers at the 1985 North 
Carolina Presbyterian Women's 
Conference. The conference will 
take place in two identical 
sessions, June 9-12 and June 12- 
15, in Montreat. Women may at- 
tend either session. 

The theme of this year's con- 
ference is "Weaving the Fabric 
of Faith." The Bible study at the 
conference will concentrate on 
the Apostles' Creed, which will 
also be the subject for the Women 
of the Church circle Bible study 
for 1985-86, beginning next fall. 

Olney is a graduate of Ran- 
dolph-Macon College and holds 
advanced theological degrees 
from Union Seminary in Virginia 
and Duke. He was pastor of the 
Hillsborough Church from 1968 to 
1973 and has served pastorates in 
Tennessee and Virginia. Prior to 
becoming university minister at 
N.C. State in 1982, Olney was 

Rev. W.W. Olney 

associate pastor of Brownson 
Memorial Church in Southern 

In addition to serving as 
university minister, he directs 
the Presbyterian Peacemaking 
Center at N.C. State. 

West is a graduate of Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and holds 

Catawba^ Mecklenburg 
Women Meet Together 

The United Presbyterian 
Women of Catawba Presbytery 
and the Women of the Church of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery were to 
hold a joint spiritual retreat on 
February 23, with the theme "On 
the Road to Wholeness." The 
meeting at Caldwell Memorial 
Church in Charlotte, a former 
PCUS congregation, marks the 
first time all members of the two 
groups have been invited to wor- 
ship together. 

Scheduled as featured speaker 
was Maie Minnick, an eider in the 
Black Mountain Church and past 
aresident of the Asheville 


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Presbytery Women of the Chur- 
ch. Born in Kwaaju, Korea, of 
missionary parfnts, Mrs. Min- 
nick lived in Korea until she was 
16. In August, she participated in 
the centennial celebration of the 
Korean Presbyterian Church. 

Mrs. Minnick is well known to 
North Carolina Presbyterian 
women through workshops she 
has conducted at women's con- 

Scheduled to lead the meeting's 
musical program was Mary 
McGill, an elder at McClintock 
Church in Charlotte, a former 
United Presbyterian con- 
gregation. Mrs. McGill has 
sung with the Charlotte Opera 
Association and the Central 
Piedmont Community College 
summer theater. In the United 
Presbyterian Women, she has 
been Presbyterial district leader 
and president of the women of 
McClintock Church. 

Not Many 
Know Of N 

Dr. Benjamin S. West 

advanced theological degrees 
from Union Seminary in Virginia 
and McCormick Theological 
Seminary. He was associate 
pastor of First Church in 
Asheboro from 1973 to 1976 and 
also served as a hospital chaplain 
in Richmond, Virginia He has 
been associate pastor of Star- 
mount Church since 1977. 

The conference will also in- 
clude training classes for 
leaders, classes in personal and 
spiritual enrichment, and classes 
on contemporary concerns. 

Organizers say that they ex- 
pect a large number of par- 
ticipants, including more women 
from former United Presbyterian 
churches in the state. 

Changes Made 
In Newspaper 
Staffs Titles 

At its February meeting, 
Synod's Council confirmed 
several changes in staff titles 
for The Presbyterian News, 
effective with this issue. John 
D. MacLeod Jr., who had been 
editor, becomes publisher. 
Robert Milks, formerly 
associate editor, has been 
named editor. Earl Cannon 
has been designated circula- 
tion manager. 



By W. Kirk Allen 

Most members of the churches in the Synod of North Carolina are 
familiar with Barium Springs Home for Children, Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond, the Presbyterian Homes, and our Presbyterian 
Colleges. The agencies and institutions of the Synod are 
brought to our attention at various times of the year for one reason or 
another. But how many of us know about the N.C. Presbyterian Foun- 
dation? Not many, I am afraid. 

But that is not surprising, really, because there has not been very 
much said about the N.C. Presbyterian Foundation over the past 15 
years, which is the age of the Foundation. It was formed by Synod for 
the proposes of promoting "the making of gifts by cash, deed, will, an- 
nuities, life insurance or otherwise for the causes and objects fostered 
by the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina . . .to receive, own, hold, 
administer and distribute gifts of any kind, to be used for the promotion 
of the Presbyterian causes in general and any specified object of the 
Presbyterian Church. ' ' 

Continued On Page Twelve 



Selwyn's New Series Promotes 
Spiritual Growth, Renewal 

The first in a memorial series promoting spiritual growth and 
renewal will feature Dr. Ben Johnson, associate professor of 
evangelism at Columbia Theological Seminary. Selwyn Avenue 
Presbyterian Church in Charlotte will host the Jane Robbins 
Ramey Memorial Service and seminar March 10-11. 

Johnson will preach on Sunday morning, March 10, conduct a 
seminar that evening, and speak to the Women of the Church at 
a luncheon the next day. 

The church established the series in 1983, after Mrs. Ramey's 
death in November. She was the wife of the Rev. Robert H. 
Ramey Jr., pastor of the church from 1967 to 1974. 

Potential Of The Elderly- 
Stressed In Church Workshop 

First Church of Albermarle recently hosted a workshop to pro- 
mote awareness of the potential and needs of the elderly. Held 
on Feb. 10, the meeting also emphasized including older people 
in the church's ministry and society. The workshop was open to 
the public. 

Dr. William B. Oglesby was guest minister at that morning's 
worship service; he retired in December from Union Seminary 
in Virginia, where he was professor of pastoral counseling. Dr. 
J. Randolph Taylor spoke at a service following the workshop; 
he is pastor of Myers Park Church in Charlotte and former 
moderator of the General Assembly. 


Billion In Aid For Africa 
Proposed In Bill In Congress 

A bill before Congress would speed over $1 billion in emergen- 
cy aid to starving Africans, but with the government's current 
supply of emergency food aid likely to run out by March, 
legislators must set usual procedures aside if they are to pass 
the bill by then, says Bread for the World, an organization en- 
dorsed by the General Assembly. The group urges people to 
write their senators and representatives to pass the Weiss- 
Wolpe Africa relief bill (HR 100) by March 1. 

The emergency aid proposed would send some of the huge 
U.S. grain surplus to Africa, fund transport to ensure the grain 
reaches those who need it most, and pay for seeds and tools to 
allow famine victims to plant new crops. 

Addresses are U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510, and U.S. 
House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515. 

$7 Million Gift Largest Ever 
To Presbyterian Foundation 

The United Presbyterian Foundation has received its largest 
gift ever, worth $7,775 million, for programs of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) and other causes. Jane Newhall of San Fran- 
cisco has given stock of the Newhall Land and Farming Com- 

Of the total gift, more than $2 million will go to general 
mission programs of the PCUSA and $1.25 million to San Fran- 
cisco Presbytery. In addition, a Presbyterian church and 
several Presbyterian institutions will each receive well over 
half a million dollars. They are Calvary Church in San Fran- 
cisco; San Francisco Theological Seminary ; Whitworth College 
and Sheldon Jackson College; and Donaldina Cameron House, a 
Chinatown community center in San Francisco. 

Bicentennial Assembly In '89 
Proposed For Philadelphia 

The General Assembly Council will consider possibly holding 
the meeting of the 201st General Assembly in 1989 in 
Philadelphia to commemorate the first General Assembly of the 
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., which met in that city in 
1789. The Council is to appoint a bicentennial committee to coor- 
dinate celebration of that anniversary. 

The Council will ask the committee to plan major observances 
at the 1988 and 1989 meetings of the General Assembly, develop 
other major observances in those years, and add an historical 
dimension to other planned events . 




Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

Feeling Young In Own Eyes 

1 1 KRAEMER \ 

Recently, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 
said, "One is always young in one's own eyes when 
compared with one's contemporaries." That was 
the way I felt (and they felt) about some of the old 
men who gathered for our 40th class reunion at 
Union Seminary in Richmond. It was a great class 
and a great privilege to be with some of them again. 
Others in North Carolina are Robert Cogswell, 
Charlotte; Graham McChesney, Durham; and 
Burke Kerr, Clinton. John Kuykendall from David- 
son was the alumni speaker, the Sprunt Lectures 
were stimulating, and if there was a dash of 
nostalgia, so be it. 

During the past month I preached for Roger 
Jackie at Kirk of Kildaire in Cary — a new church 
development which is "bustin' out all over." Peggy 
Witherspoon of our staff is an elder there. I also 
spoke at chapel at Pfeiffer College, a Methodist 
school at Misenheimer near Salisbury, where I 
spent two years before transferring to Davidson. 

The working out of reunion details continues. In 
both former denominations there was an advisory 
group on the program of the General Assembly. 
These two organizations were merged last month at 
a meeting in New Orleans and immediately began 
to wrestle with differences in funding procedures 
that are fundamental to the church's mission. 

The General Assembly Council met in Tampa, 
Florida, and was astonished at the growth of that 
state, which promises to be third in population in the 
next fifteen years (after California and Texas), so 
the nation's growth is definitely in the sunbelt. 

Around the office here there was major con- 
centration on the winter meeting of Council, ably 
chaired by Bob Clark of Ahoskie, and special 
meetings of the budget and audits committee, 
chaired by Russell Roebuck of Rocky Mount. Two 
cases are before the permanent judicial com- 
mission and Tom Davis, Greensboro, and Jim Tub- 
bs, Raleigh, as the officers have been working over- 
time. The new Book of Order has many advantages 
over our old book but requires careful attention to 

The masthead of this paper indicates that I 
passed the mantle of editor to Bob Milks and as- 
sumed the role of publisher. Bob has proven himself 
over several years and we are glad to place this in 
his hands. In addition, Earl Cannon has been 
designated circulation manager — a position he has 
held without title for a long while. Many of you will 
remember that he has been with Synod over 24 
years — by far our longest running employee and a 
valuable one as well. 

"I Can't 
Do That" 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 

". . .to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each 
according to his ability" (Matthew 25: 15) 

Evidently the pastors who had preceded me at the Presbyterian 
Church in Lewisport, Kentucky, had been given the talent of good 
singing voices. By the time I became their pastor, it was just assumed 
that all preachers could sing. I tried to tell them that singing was not 
one of my chief talents. I could do congregational singing, if there were 
enough people in the congregation singing at the same time. But they 
wanted me to sing in the male quartet. Finally I yielded to the pressure, 
and the next service I joined the quartet and tried to sing. After that 
they knew. No one said anything, but after they had heard that effort, it 
was not necessary for me to say ever again, "I can't do that." 

There is an approach to life that seeks to prod us to super effort by 
teaching us never to admit that there is anything we can not do. 
Especially, they would tell us, never to admit any limitations to our- 
selves. True, most of us need some special prodding at times. Most of us 
are guilty of saying "I can't do that" when we really could do that. 
Recently, for example, many of us have sought to escape responsibility 
for making our stand known on such things as nuclear arms or civil 
rights by saying "what I could do is too small to make any difference." 
In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:15ff), the man who only has 
one talent is just as responsible as the man who has five talents. 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

On The Firing Line 

I admire those ministers on the firing line, 
ministers such as Desmond Tutu and Allan Boesak. 
Because of his outspokenness on the evils of apar- 
theid, Allan Boesak's life is on the line. Each time 
he leaves his home, he reminds his family that he 
may not return. At times I believe my ministry is 
rather demanding — but not once in fifteen years 
have I ever suggested to my family that I may not 
return home because of a ministry that was on the 
firing line. 

Few are called to make the supreme sacrifice to 
ministry — or should I say, few choose to make the 
supreme sacrifice for Christ. I, more often than I 
care to think, seek a comfortable and secure 
ministry. So my admiration for those who are on the 
firing line is therefore tainted with a measure of 
guilt. Sometimes during moments of wishful think- 
ing, I wish I had the faith of a Dietrich Bonhoeffer or 
a Martin Luther King, Jr., but when I come back to 
reality I remember the mortgage payment, the car 
notes, and the orthodontist's bill. If I am at least 
half honest with myself, it is to these I am most 

This reality is challenged by the words of Jesus, 
"He who saves his life will lose it and he who gives 
his life for my sake, will find it." Martin Luther 

King put it more bluntly: "If a man has not 
found something worth dying for, he is not fit 
to live." When I internalize these thoughts, I envision 
Bonhoeffer on the gallows, King bleeding from an 
assassin's bullet, and Jesus dying on the cross. They 
all died young men in their 30's. Is this the cost of 
discipleship? In some cases, yes — but in the vast 
majority of cases, it is not. And, of course, I think of 
myself as one in that vast majority (smile). I have 
never been fire-hosed, or bitten by dogs or jailed as 
a result of being on the firing line. Neither will I be 
the first to volunteer. But I do believe in that adage 
that it is better to live a sermon than to preach one. 

This is why I have such high respect for disciples 
such as, to name others, Stephen, in the books of 
Acts; Harriett Tubman, a leader of the 
underground railroad; and Olive Schreiner, a 19th- 
century white woman in South Africa who fought for 
woman's suffrage and against apartheid. They 
were all faithful when God called them, as was 
Jesus the Christ. My admiration is also tainted 
with jealousy and with the hope that if I am called 
upon ... I will be at least half as faithful as they. 
For I also believe that before I can experience the 
resurrection of Christ, I also must bear the cross. 

Sanctuary Movement- 

Continued From Page One 
quoted as saying. 

In affirming the sanctuary 
movement, the Advisory Council 
urged "Presbyterian agencies and 
congregations to continue to sup- 
port this ministry by all ap- 
propriate means, including tran- 
sporting and sheltering of 

The statement urges 
Presbyterians to support the 
legal defense of sanctuary 
workers by sending contributions 
designated for "Central 
America— Sanctuary Defense" 
(account No. 862511), with checks 
payable to Mission Treasury Ser- 

vice, addressed to Mission 
Treasury Service, 905 Interchur- 
ch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, 
New York, N.Y. 10115. 

The Council added that 
congregations have provided 
sanctuary "to do justice as an act 
of Christian discipleship or 
religious commitment as man- 
dated by biblical commandments 
(e.g., Lev. 19:33-34) and the 
message of Jesus (Luke 4:18 and 
Matt. 25:35-36)." 

The Council also stated, "That 
this ministry involves civil 
disobedience and nonviolent 
resistance should not surprise the 

church or society as a whole. 
God's justice calls the faith 
community to disobey the law" 
when three conditions are met: 
the law leads to discrimination 
against particular groups; it 
requires religious people to 
violate their consciences; and the 
law's implementation causes 
great danger to other people. 

The statement also com- 
mended the stated clerk of the 
General Assembly, the Rev. 
James Andrews, for testifying on 
behalf of the Assembly in 
hearings and trials involving 
sanctuary workers. 

But the parable recognizes that different people have different talen- 
ts. The master in the parable does not expect the same results from the 
person who had only one talent or the person who had only two talents 
as he expects from the person who had five talents. "Each according to 
his ability," the parable says. It should not undermine our sense of self- 
worth to be realistic enough in the face of some things to say, "I can't do 
that." We are not judged by the talents other people may have. We are 
judged, as the people in the parable were judged, "each according to his 
own ability." It is a lack of faith to accuse ourselves all the time 
because our talent is different from someone else's talent. 


Someone, probably a humorist, has spoken of old age as the "Golden 
years." Those of us who have attained that age, for which all those ; 
younger than ourselves are striving, can make ourselves right 
ridiculous, and fall down more times than is necessary, because it hurts j 
our pride to say of some things, "I just can't do that," or maybe "I just 
can't do that anymore." i 

That truth applies to those who are younger also. Whatever age you 
are, your feeling of self-worth can be strengthened if you can j 
realistically admit of some things: "I can't do that." 

Consequences Of Letter 
To Soldiers Described 

To the Editor: 

I refer to the article on the front page of The Presbyterian 
News in January, "Letter Advises Soldiers on 'Other Options' 
to Invasion." 

Your editorial judgment in printing such an article without 
even a feeble attempt to present a contrary view on such a 
volatile subject was most unfortunate. If any of our fine young 
military men or women follow this advice he or she would pro- 
bably be ostracized by their fellow soldiers; be branded as 
malcontents or goldbricks; and may end up with a trial by 
military court-martial for refusal to comply with their oath of 
enlistment. Such a trial could result in a jail or prison sentence 

Readers 9 Forum 

and/or Dishonorable Discharge from the military service. 

Most of us who operate at the informational level of the pro- 
ponents of this idea are not privy to the detailed data on which to 
base a good opinion as to the propriety of the actions taken by 
our Government. For this reason we must support *:he Goven- 
ment officials who are handling such international matters until 
they have been proven to be wrong. This is not the case, up to 
now, concerning Nicaragua. 

John L.Gates, (Lt. Col. 
U.S. Army Retired) 
W : nston-Salem 




President, Other Officers Elected — 

Home Nears Campaign Goal 

are Murray M. White Jr., president; Mrs. Lillian Leath, secretary (re- 
elected) ; and Austin C. Strand, vice-president. 

The Presbyterian Home in 
High Point is on the verge of 
reaching its goal of $2.4 million in 
its current fund-raising cam- 
paign, the institution's board of 
trustees learned at its January 

The meeting included the elec- 
tion of a new president, Murray 
M. White Jr., who succeeds 
Robert E. Carswell. 

The Synod approved the 
Home's campaign in 1983. At the 
January meeting, the trustees 
learned that work on a $6 million 
expansion to the Home's campus 
in High Point should begin in mid- 
March, with completion expected 
by May 1986. The expansion in- 
cludes constructing a five-story 
building on the site of the original 
section of the Home's main 
building, expanding the nursing 

facility, and renovating other 

The new president, Murray 
White, has served eight years on 
the board. An elder at First 
Church in High Point, he is 
president of the firm of Murray 
M. White, Inc. He has been active 
in the development of Presby- 
terian Homes in Laurinburg and 
Raleigh and serves on the board 
of governors for the Presbyterian 
Homes, Inc. 

Other officers elected include 
Austin C. Strand of Greensboro, 
vice-president , Chester H. Brown 
of Greensboro, treasurer; and 
Mrs. Lillian Leath of High Point, 
re-elected secretary. 

Carswell was recognized at the 
meeting for his service. Other 
retiring trustees honored were J. 

CHESTER BROWN is the new 


Frank McNair of Winston-Salem, 
Robert B. Armstrong of 
Asheville, Mrs. Henry V. Greeson 
of Greensboro, Micou Brown of 
Raleigh, and Marion Fuller of 

for ^oung Children 

The following children have 
recited the children's catechism, 
for which the Synod has awarded 
them certificates and $15 each: 

John Edward Spainhour and 
Elisabeth Porter, both from First 
Church, Concord. 



Important Actions 

The General Assembly Mission Board, meeting in Philadelphia in 
coniunction with the Program, Support, and Vocation Agency "Boards 
from New York, took a number of important actions that will have an 
impact on the short- and long-term policies of the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.). The Board approved a report from the Publications Policy 
Task Force which calls for three print-communications media pieces 
for the denomination. One would be a general interest magazine, much 
like Presbyterian Survey. The second would be a journal of opinion 
written by and for church professionals, such as the present Monday 
Morning; while the third would be a brief news piece that would be 
available either through print or through comDuter electronics. 

The Mission Board treasurer. Jack Bramer, reported that a "last- 
hour" surge in receipts from presbyteries enabled the Mission Board to 
balance its 1984 budget. That budget, however, had already been 
reduced by approximately one-half million dollars by an earlier action 
of the Board. Regular benevolence contributions to General Assembly 
agencies funded by the former PCUS synods and presbyteries were up 
by about three and one-half percent. Restricted giving, which includes 
special offerings, was up by more than two million dollars. Of that total, 
more than one million dollars was money received late in 1984 for 
African famine relief. 

In other actions, the Mission Board: 

•Received a very positive evaluation of the Presbyterian Hunger 
Program, which called the effort one of the best of any national 

•Approved ten new volunteer-in-mission positions for Central 

•Approved a new agreement with the Medical Benevolence Foun- 
dation that allows the Foundation to seek funding for medical 
missionary work from individuals and congregations. The agreement 
reminds congregations that such special projects should be funded only 
after they have met the benevolence asking of their presbytery. 

•Approved for transmittal to the General Assembly amendments to 
the Book of Order that would allow for the ordination of Christian 
educators. If approved by the General Assembly meeting in Indian- 
polis, the question would come to presbyteries for a vote in late 1985 or 
early 1986. The recommendations are similar to those approved by the 
PCUS prior to reunion. 

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Commissioners to the General 
Assembly to be held in In- 
dianapolis in June were elected 
at the January meeting of 
Presbytery. Grace Knox of Bear 
Grass Church will be the elder 
representative with D. Emerson 
Smith of Farmville as alternate. 
Claude L. Andrews, pastoral 
counselor, will be the minister of 
the Word representative with Ed- 
ward J. Conner, Jr., pastor of 
Cobb and Johnson Memorial, as 

Mark your calendar, for April 
13th will bring a "Brethren House 
Ministries Learning Fair" to 
Goldsboro First Church. 

JOKE overhead at staff 
meeting: (question) "What do 
you call a dwarf clairvoyant who 
has escaped from prison?" 
(answer) "A small medium at 

Policy Changed 

As of the Spring Semester 1985, 
no one outside of the University 
staff will be allowed to visit 
students in the dormitories 
without an expressed invitation 
from the student. The purpose of 
this new policy is to stop solicita- 
tion by businesses such as in- 
surance salespeople. Carolyn 
Fulgham, Dean of Residence 
Hall Life, stated that "constant 
knocking on the door" is the pro- 
blem most often cited by dorm 

This new policy affects univer- 
sity organizations as well, such 
as campus ministries and student 
government. Since campus 
ministers are considered staff by 
the University, they will still 
have the freedom to call on a stu- 
dent whenever necessary. Local 
church members, however, or 
even other students representing 
campus ministry will not be 
allowed to visit without the stu- 
dent's permission. 

Personal contact had been an 
effective means of inviting and 
involving students in campus 
ministry activities. Now it has 
become necessary to look for new 
and creative ways to make con- 
tact with the students. Please 
send any suggestions you have 
to: Presbyterian Campus Chris- 
tian Life, 501 E. Fifth St., Green- 
ville, N.C. 27834. Also, if you know 
the local address of an ECU stu- 
dent that you feel would be in- 
terested in our mailings, please 
send that information to the 
above address. 

—The Rev. Michael D. Burcher 

A special offering for Criminal 
Justice was taken by many chur- 
ches on February 10th, for the 
Women's Chaplain at the 
women's prison in Raleigh. 

The Christian Education Youth 
Subcommittee of Albemarle 
Presbytery announces its Junior 
High "Spring Fling," Retreat for 

The site for the event will be the 
Holiday Inn in Nags Head. Please 
note that a change in date has 
been necessary to allow us to use 
the Holiday Inn facilities. The 
dates are May 18 and 19 and not 
May 11 and 12 as reported at the 
January Presbytery meeting. 

Lynne Marks of Greenville 
First Church has been elected as 
the new chairperson of the 
Women's Concerns Sub- 

Please send news items with pic- 
tures to Peggy Bright, P.O. Box 
3184, Wilson, N.C, 27895-3184. 
Copy should be double-spaced 
and in Wilson by the first Tues- 
day of each month. 

TTio All 

?emarie rarest 


February, 1985 

Youth Council Expands 

The Senior High Council of 
Albemarle Presbytery has em- 
barked on its most ambitious 
year of service and training. 
Membership has been expanded 
to be more representative of 
churches, large and small, 
throughout the Presbytery. 
There are currently 18 Senior 
Highs representing 12 churches. 
The roll of advisors has grown to 
one Presbytery staff person and 
five adult advisors. This expan- 
sion has been both challenge and 

The challenge is the as- 
similation and coordination of the 
efforts of so many new faces and 
ideas. To facilitate this, a Youth 
Council Retreat has been planned 
for March 15-17 at Camp 
Albemarle. Foci for the weekend 
will be group building, leadership 
training and plotting a course for 


Summer Plans Made 

It's not too early to make plans 
for the summer ! Your presbytery 
and Camp Albemarle offer many 
opportunities for youth to spend 
the summer in Bible Study and 
worship; crafts and games; sail- 
ing, canoeing, and swimming. 
Camp Albemarle is located on the 
Bogue Sound near Morehead Ci- 
ty, and will be staffed by en- 
thusiastic and dedicated Chris- 
tians (one counselor for every 4-6 
campers). The cost is $90.00 per 
week, or $35.00 for 3-day camps. 
A brochure will be printed and 
distributed scon. Come join in the 
fun and fellowship! 

June 16-22 
June 23-29 
June 30-July 2 
July 7-13 
July 14-20 
July 19-21 
Julv 21-27 
July 28- Aug. 3 
Aug. 4-10 

Grades 3-5 
Grades 4-6 
Grade 2* 
Grades 8-10 
Grades 6-8 
Grades 9-12** 
Grades 3-5 
Grades 4-6 
Grades 6-8 

(All grades are grades com- 

*New Camp— 3 days 
**Sailing on Pamlico River 

Calendar of Events 

(All meetings at Presbytery Office unless stated otherwise). 

22-24 International Missions Conference, Goldsboro and Kinston 
24 First Sunday in Lent 
27 10 : 00 a.m. Presbytery Staff Meeting 


2 10:00 a.m. Christian Education Com. Retreat 
2:00 p.m. Youth Council 

6:00 p.m. Evangelism and Church Development 
Union Seminary Caravan Weekend 
Synod Staff Cabinet 
Youth Council Retreat 
10:00 a.m. Women's Concerns, Pinetops 
6:00 p.m. Court Operations Committee 
6:00 p.m. Specialized Ministries Committee 
6:00 p.m. Clergy Concerns Committee 
6:00 p.m. Personnel Committee, Williamston 
6:00 p.m. Executive Committee 
6:00 p.m. Christian Education Committee 
10:00 a.m. Presbytery Staff Meeting 




Help Wanted" 

The Camp Committee of 
Albemarle Presbytery is seeking 
enthusiastic and dedicated Chris- 
tians to serve as volunteer staff 
and as permanent paid staff this 

Volunteer staff would serve as 
cabin counselors during one 
camp session, and work with lead 
counselors to provide supervision 
and leadership. Lead counselors 
(ministers) are still being sought 
to serve June 23-29 and June 
30-July 2. 

Paid staff are being hired for 
the period from June 9 to August 
12. Positions available at this 
time include assistant camp 
director, waterfront director, 
pool director, recreation/crafts 
director, counselors (2 male, 2 
female), cook, assistant cook, 
and assistants for waterfront and 
kitchen. Age and experience re- 
quirements vary. 

YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBER Julie Farrior leads group. 

the future of ministry to Senior 

The blessing is, with the expan- 
sion of numbers, horizons have 
been broadened. Replacing the 
Senior High Spring Retreat, the 
Christian Education Youth Sub- 
committee of Presbytery and the 
Youth Council are putting forth 
an effort to emphasize and en- 
courage participation in Synod's 
Youth Retreat on April 12, 13, and 
14. Money will be available for a 
limited number of participants to 
help off-set the cost of the event. 

A work experience is planned 
for Youth Council members to 


Twenty -one Albemarle 
Presbytery churches will host 
faculty and students from Union 
Theological Seminary in Rich- 
mond, Virginia, the weekend of 
March 9 and 10. Participants 
from the seminary will preach 
Sunday morning and some will 
teach Church School classf 
and/or speak to other chur n 

Four people from each con- 
gregation will be guests jf the 
seminary for a dinner Saturday 
evening and will enjoy a brief 
program about the seminary. 
This will also be a time to meet 
the President, faculty and 

Those churches participating are 
the following: 

Ahoskie, Cann Memorial, 
Farmville, Fountain, Goldsboro 
1st, Boyd Memorial, Greenville 
1st, Kinston 1st, Macclesfield, 
Neuse Forest, Pinetops, 
Plymouth, Peace, Rocky Mount 
1st, West Haven, Nahalah, 
Calvary, Cobb Memorial, 
Howard Memorial, Bear Grass, 
Roberson, Bethany. 

participate in "The Church in the 
City" mission program at the 
Church of the Pilgrims, 
Washington, D.C., August 10-14. 
1985. It is hoped the event will 
help members in the develop 
ment of their own faitr 
pilgrimages as well as gain skill' 
necessary to be leaders of othei 
work experiences 

Other plans include the Mon- 
treat Youth Leadership Develop- 
ment Conference, the Fall 
Retreat (October 26 and 27). 
Youth Advisory Participant Da> 
at Presbytery and activities on a 
cluster basis. ] 


Eight churches working 
together have made many plan; 
for the weekend of FebruarV 
22-24. the Eastern North Carolinj 
Presbyterian Missions Com 
ference. \ 

A covered-dish supper Fridayi 
February 22nd, at Golds* or« 
First Church, 6:30 p.m., w il b< 
the first event. 

Breakfasts with the mis 
sionaries will be held at boti 
Goldsboro Pinewood Church an 
Kinston First Church Saturda, 
morning, February 23rd. Kinsto 
Rivermont Church will host I 
Children's Festival Saturda' 
/rom 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a 
the missionaries participating. , 

The missionaries will b' 
visiting in various churches fc' 
Sunday School and worship sej 
vices on the 24th. A closing ceh 
bration will be held Sunday aftej 
noon from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. £ 
Kinston First Church, wit 
displays from the countries an 
information about the missio 
and work of each missionary. ) 
time for fellowship and refresh 
ments will follow. 

The Resource Corner 

"Check out" these new materials at the Presbytery's Resoui 

Dialogue — A set of ten filmstrips and cassettes for young adults aj 
adults dealing with Christian moral growth. 

God's People Pray — Augsburg's Vacation Bible School Examinati 

Old Testament Theology: It's History & Development By John 1 
Hayes & Frederick Prussner. A complete text and reference work 1 
Old Testament theology. 

Signs of God's Love by Jeanne S. Fogle and illustrated by P 1 
Weidner. A book for young children explaining that Baptism "tells' 1 
that we belong to God," and Communion "tells us that God is with 




The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII Number 2 Sally McQueen, Editor February, 1985 

THE FINAL PROOF of "Confronted by Challengf : A History of the 
Presbytery of Concord, 1795-1973" is presented to Mrs. McGeachy, wife 
of the author, the late Rev. Neill R. McGeachy. Participating in the 
Service of Presentation were Dr. Joseph L. Fickard of presbytery's 
staff, William East, Editor with Mrs. Nancy Ejst. 


Eight commissioners were 
chosen from those nominated to 
represent the presbytery at the 
1985 General Assembly meeting 
in Indianapolis. Indiana. 
Ministers are James H. Banbury, 
Jeffrey L. Lowrance, J. John 
Edgerton, and Connell Osborne 
Elders elected are Donna T. Bon- 
ds, Robert Gourley, Hazel C. 
McNeely and Boyce M. Morrison. 
Eight alternates were also 

Commissioners to the meeting 
of the Synod of North Carolina in 
Lynchburg, Virginia, are 23 
ministers and 23 elders, with 12 


Concord Presbytery voted at 
the January meeting to make the 
Jubilee House Community (JHC) 
a Chapter 9 "Special 
Organization" of the presbytery. 
The JHC is now awaiting the ap- 
proval of Yadkin Presbytery in 
order that they will be a joint 

In the constitution of the 
reunited Church, provision was 
made for synods and 
presbyteries, as well as the 
General Assembly, to have 
special organizations. Concord 
and Yadkin (pending approval) 
Presbyteries will be the first 
presbyteries to establish a Chap- 
ter 9 organization. 

The Jubilee House Community 
is an intentional Christian com- 
munity made up of 7 people in 
Statesville, North Carolina. As a 
result of the Community's life 
together and their shared faith, 
ministries for the poor have 
evolved. Their current ministries 
include: a shelter for those tem- 
porarily homeless, a shelter for 
battered women and their 
children, a winter shelter for the 
"street people" of Statesville, a 
Christmas Day Feast for those 
alone or financially unable to 
celebrate in the traditional way, 
a Habitat for Humanity project 
(building houses at low-cost, no- 
interest, no-profit for the poor) 
and a peace and justice library. 

The JHC welcomes oppor- 
tunities to present a slide 
program to churches in Concord 
and Yadkin and to tell churches 
.about the presbytery's new 


As of January 5, "2 Cents a 
Meal" had raised $40,000 and the 
African Relief Fund had sur- 
passed $50,000. God has richly 
blessed these endeavors. 

At the January meeting of 
presbytery, the presbytery voted 
to adopt a new project for "2 Cen- 
ts A Meal" . We will be supporting 
an agricultural school in Ethiopia 
with a $10,000 grant. The 
presbytery also voted to give an 
additional $5,000 grant to our cur- 
rent nutrition project in 
Nicaragua, as well as voting to 
give a $2,000 grant to the Crisis 
Ministry of Gastonia and a $3,000 
grant to a congregate feeding site 
in Cleveland. We have already 
funded a $15,500 grant to the 
nutrition center in Nicaragua and 
a $2,500 grant to the Lenoir Soup 

On February 17 at 2:30 at 
Calvary Presbytery Church in 
Statesville, there will be a 
workshop on the One Great Hour 
of Sharing. From February 25 
through March 5, Dr. Solomon 
Gidada, Head of Development of 
the Ethiopian Evangelical 
Mekane Yesus Church will be in 
our presbytery. Ministers will 
receive copies of his itinerary. 



19 Orientation of Chairpersons, 

10a.m. -2 p.m. 
23 Worship Workshop, First 
Church, Statesville, 9:30 a. 
28 Yadkin/Concord Ministers to 
meet Head of Development 
Ethiopian Church, 10 a.m - 
12 noon. Reeo's Restaurant 


1-3 Committee on Women Re- 
treat, Montreat 
7-8 Joint Hunger Committee, 6 
p.m. -4p.m. 
17 One Great Hour of Sharing 
Workshop Calvary, Statesville, 
2:30-5 p.m. 
19 Committee on Ministry, 1 p. 

30 WOC Annual Meeting Con- 
cord, Statesville 

Presbytery Sets Budget, Elects Trustees 

Budget and goal-setting for 
1985-'86 were major concerns of 
the Fifty-First Stated Meeting of 
the Presbytery of Concord in 
Winston-Salem at the Highland 
Presbyterian Church on January 
25-26. Dr. James E. Banbury, 
associate pastor of the church, 
was elected Moderator and Elder 
William A. Coley of the First 
Presbyterian Church, Belmont, 
was named Moderator-in- 

The representatives heard the 
Rev. Henrietta Wilkinson, as- 
sociate pastor of the North 
Decatur Presbyterian Church, 
Decatur, Georgia, trace the 
history of Presbyterian involve- 
ment in social issues as it has 
changed through the years in 
response to current challenges. 
She pointed out, among other 
learnings, that patience and per- 
sistence continue to be a require- 


In morning worship, the mes- 
sage was brought by Candidate 
for Ordination David D. Whiteley 
called to the Second Presbyterian 
Church, Concord, who was 
examined and received. Evening 
worship included the Sacrament 
of the Lord's Supper and a ser- 
mon by the Rev. Carlton Ever- 
sley, pastor of the Dellabrook 
Presbyterian Church in Winston- 

Budget, '85 '86 
A Mission Budget for the 
presbytery was adopted in the 
amount of $1,914,973. Allocated 
for the support of the program, 
mission and operation of the 
General Assembly was set at 
31.28%; for the Synod of North 
Carolina, 23.06%; and for the 
Presbytery of Concord, 45.66%. 

The resignation of Mr. Robert 
D. Grier, trustee since the 
organization of the presbytery, 
was accepted with appreciation 
for his long and dedicated ser- 
vice. Judge John L. Friday of 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
Lincoln was elected to the Class of 
'85; Mr. Roddy M. Ligon, Jr. of 
First Church, Winston-Salem, 
Class of '86; and Mr. Constantine 
H. Kuttech, First Church, 
Statesville, Class of '87. 

Rev. Henrietta Wilkinson 

Change In Meeting Date 
The Stated Meeting scheduled 
for January 25-26, 1986, was 
changed to February 14-15, 1986, 
to allow sufficient time for 
preparation of reports. Council 
meeting and making of packets. 

Seven churches of the presby- 
tery were presented with special 
certificates of recognition for out- 
standing work in Peacemaking 
Ministries. They are: Ellenboro, 
First Church of Newton, Fair- 
view in Lenoir, Concord in 
Statesville, Sherrill's Ford, 
United in Lenoir, Taylorsville, 
Trinity in Winston-Salem, and 

Office Staff 
Approval was given a recom- 
mendation by the Personnel 
Committee that gratitude 
and appreciation be expresseD 
TO Associate Presbyters Walter 
R. Smith, Albert D. Shaw, John 
M. Handley, and Joseph L. 
Pickard for their dedicated and 
inspired leadership, with amen- 
dments in terms of calls. Changes 
in office staff were also ap- 
proved, naming Mrs. Edna 
Rimmer as Administrative 
Assistant to the General 
Presbyter/Stated Clerk. General 
Presbyter Clements E. Lamber- 
th, Jr. was commended for iiis 
leadership in and beyond the 
presbytery and a letter read from 
the Moderator of the General 
Assembly expressing ap- 

Specific Goals Set 

Following intensive study of 
presbytery goals set in 1979 and 
evaluation of each on one of three 
levels, "Above Expectations", 
"On Target" or "Below Expec- 
tation", the Evaluation and Goals 
Committee set specific goals for 
the triennium 1985-1987 in nine 
categories : 

1. Implement Stewardship 

2. Contribute significantly to 
the development of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 
fostering trust and reconciliation 

3. Develop effective pastoral 
ministry for professionals. . . 

4. Develop at least one ad- 
ditional new church in the 
presbytery in the next three 
years . . . 

5. Provide evangelism and new 
member recruitment resources . 

6. Increase the number of 
women serving as ministers in 
the presbytery. 

7. Implement an effective em- 
phasis on the relationship of 
Christian faith to major issues 
confronting the world. 

8. Assist the churches to 
develop new and improved ser- 
vice ministries . . . 

9. Increase contact with small 
churches . . . 

The Committee also named one 
or more committees and a staff 
person who will "champion" 
each goal, clarify it, propose 
criteria for measuring progress 
and make preliminary 
suggestions for implementing it. 

Rev. Carlton Eversley 

preciation for his outstanding 
contribution in "crucial decisions 
in the life of our new 

Glade Valley School 

Concern was shared with the 
presbytery about the critical 
financial situation at Glade 
Valley School. Presbytery's 
Council was instructed to explore 
ways of emergency help. A 75th 
Anniversary Campaign is in 


A service in recognition of the 
honorable retirement of the Rev. 
Roy Flay Riddle. Ordained in 
1954, his last pastorate was at the 
Union Presbyterian Church, 
Gastonia. Memorials were read 
for Alfred Hal Kay who died May 
3, 1984, and for John Coffee 
Neville, deceased March 7, 1984. 

Amendments, Overtures 
Proposed amendments to the 
Constitution of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) were approved 
with exceptions. An Overture to 
the General Assembly 
originating in the session of the 
McKinnon Presbyterian Church, 
Concord, in regard to provisions 
governing church Nominating 
Committees in small churches 
was approved as was an overture 
proposing changes in the Book of 
Order regarding elders and 
deacons emeritus. 



January 25-26 — Highland 
Presbyterian Church, Winston- 

April 16 — First Presbyterian 
Church, Lexington. 

June 14-15 — Lees-McRae 
College, Banner Elk. 

October 15 — Prospect Presby- 
terian Church, Mooresville. 

February 14-15 — First 
Presbyterian Church, Gastonia. 

April 8 — Taylorsville 
Presbyterian Church, Taylor- 

June 20-21 — Lees-McRae 
College, Banner Elk. 

October 14 — Glade Valley 
School, Glade Valley. 




The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

We have a new look. . .A new sign was constructed at the Office of 
Fayetteville Presbytery in the fall, 1984. Standing next to the latest ad- 
dition is MS. PENNY COOPER. 

Seminar On Local History 
In Montreat May 6-10 

The Seminar on Local Church 
History will be sponsored by the 
Historical Foundation of the 
Presbyterian and Reformed 
Churches in Montreat, North 
Carolina, May 6-10, 1985. The 
Seminar will assist persons in- 
terested in writing and preser- 
ving their local church history. 

This year's Seminar will 

Women Of 
The Church 

The Annual Meeting of the 
Women of the Church of Fayet- 
teveille Presbytery will convene 
at 9:30 A.M. at First 
Presbyterian Church, Sanford, 
N.C., on March 16, 1985. A special 
invitation is issued to all women 
of the presbytery as the NEW 
PLAN FOR WOMEN is presen- 
ted. Luncheon tickets will be 
available to be purchased prior to 
the meeting. The meeting will in- 
clude the following: yearly 
business; election and in- 
stallation of officers; reports of 
upcoming events; worship ser- 
vice. The meeting will be conduc- 
ted by Mrs. Linda McLester and 
she will pass the gavel to the new 
president, Mrs. Juanita Hudson. 
Mrs. Cathy Vaughn, chairperson 
of Synod's Ministry Group on 
Women will be a special guest. 

March 17-20, 1985— seventeen 
women will attend the Joys in 
Leadership II Conference. When 
they return, they will share their 
leadership training with other 
women in their districts. 

feature two tracks for participan- 
ts. The first will be for historians 
who are concentrating on a 
publication or commemorative 
celebration. The second track 
will assist historians who are 
writing annual historical reports 
for inclusion in the Historical 
Foundation's Local Church 
History Program. 

Faculty for the 1985 Seminar 
will feature the Rev. Flynn V. 
Long of the First Presbyterian 
Church, Big Springs, Texas, and 
a former Associate Stated Clerk 
of the General Assembly leading 
plenary sessions on Presbyterian 
history. Other faculty will include 
Dr. Spencer C. Murray, associate 
pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, 
and Dr. Nancy Smith Midgette, 
associate editor of the Georgia 
Historical Quarterly, several 
Historical Foundation staff 
members will also participate: 
Joel L. Alvis, Jr., Local Church 
History Coordinator, Dr. Jerrold 
Lee Brooks, Executive Director, 
and Robert Benedetto, Archivist. 

The Historical Foundation is an 
historical agency of the 
Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. It 
has always been interested in the 
preservation and production of 
local church histories and recor- 
ds. The Seminar is a major 
educational opportunity to help 
historians and records keepers in 
local churches. 

More information may be ob- 
tained from the Seminar Direc- 
tor, The Historical Foundation, 
P.O. Box 847, Montreat, N.C. 

Calendar of Events 


19 12:30 p.m. —Church Educators 

23 9:30 a.m.— Fayetteville Presbytery-Brownson Memorial 

Church, Southern Pines 







9:30-5:30 p.m. Lay Leadership Workshop 
3:00-5:30 p.m. Lay Leadership Workshop 
12 Noon Committee on Ministry 

Fayetteville 9 : 30 a . m .-Retirement Workshop-MacPherson . 
Spring Festival-LIFE 5-Camp Monroe 
Women of the Church, Fayetteville Presbytery-Sanford First 
12:30 p.m. Church Educators 
2:00 p.m. Camp Programming sub-committee with Camp 

Face-to-Face - Roanoke, Virginia 

Clerks And 

The Clerks and Treasurers' 
Workshop, held Sunday, January 
27th, at Raeford Church, was well 
attended. Leaders for the event 
were William W. Hatcher, 
Executive Presbyter, and Hilda 
B. Kirby, Presbytery's Financial 

The workshop began with a 
session in which assistance was 
provided to those persons respon- 
sible for completing the 
statistical report. Additional 
topics that were covered were: 
information regarding funds 
available for various missions 
and how to attain them; duties 
and responsibilities of clerks and 
treasurers ; benevolences ; how to 
obtain the return of sales tax; 
receiving and disbursing funds; 
recordkeeping and social 
security benefits. 

Booklets to assist clerks in 
their responsibilites were 
distributed. A few booklets are 
still available and they may be 
obtained through Office of Fayet- 
teville Presbytery. 

Resource persons who assisted 
in the workshop were: Brent 
Sumner, CPA; Robert G. Ray, 
Attorney -At-Law ; and Lawton 
Rogers, head of the district office 
of the Social Security Ad- 

In Loving 
Memory. . 

The following elders have been 
recognized for leadership to the 
churches that they served in their 
lifetimes : 

Roderick Fairley Morris, First 
Presbyterian Church, Maxton. 
North Carolina. 

Myrton Thomas Steward, First 
Presbyterian Church. Carthage. 
North Carolina. 

Mt. Carmel 



A 130-page hardcover book en- 
titled, A Historical Sketch of the 
Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Chur- 
ch. Richmond County, N.C. writ- 
ten by the Reverend Russell Lee, 
is soon to be available. John 
Bethune, Colin Lindsay, Robert 
Lee Arrowood, and others are a 
part of the account of a smal 
rural church with its beginning: 
among the Highland Scots 
Photos, anecdotes, and notes or 
the neighboring Presbyterian 
churches of Richmond County 
and beyond combine to make this 
story complete. 

Pre-sale of the book has 
already begun. To order a copy, 
send: $10.00 plus $1.50 postage 
per book to Mrs. Lee Mclnnis, 
Mt. Carmel History, Rt. 1, Box 
221, Ellerbe, N.C. 28338. 

Youth Retreat 

March 15-17, 1985, Camp 
Monroe For Youth and Youth 
Advisors. Contact Presbytery 
Office for more information. 

OUR HEALTH EXTENSION weighing babies at under-5 clinic in 
village at CHAPA. 

CHAP A Funds Being 
Used In Bangladesh 

Craig Meisner, agriculturalist 
and missionary to Bangladesh, 
returned to Bangladesh with his 
wife and family last July after 
being in Garner for a year and 
helping Fayetteville Presbytery 
get its 2t A MEAL program 
going. He is currently residing in 
Dhaka where he serves as 
Business Manager of the 
Presbyterian Fellowship. 
Sharlene teaches children of 
missionaries and leads Bible 
study groups for women. 

Greetings come from Craig in 
these words, "As the pennies 
mount up and are being sent in to 
Atlanta, Bangladesh is receiving 
the funds immediately and is fin- 
ding them most timely." 

At CHAPA (Christian Health 
and Agricultural Project, 
Ahladipur) where most of the 
funds currently go, they are 
being used to update the quality 
of the laboratory used to test 
patients for blood, urine, stool, 
sputum, and other diagnostic 

Calendars from Bangladesh 
have been sent to churches par- 
ticipating in 2t A MEAL. These 
were given out at the December 
meeting of Presbytery but if your 
church participates in 2( and did 
not receive one, please leave your 
name in Presbytery office. 

Fayetteville Presbytery's 
relationship with Bangladesh in- 


Witness Season '85 

1. Billings, Peggy. Fire Beneath 
the Frost: The Struggles of the 
Korean People and Church. 
Comprensive look at Korea 
today. Study guide included. 

2. Through the Deep Waters- 
Audio-Visual. 15 minute filmstrip 
and cassette. 

3. In Hope, Witnessing: The 
Church in Korea. 16 minute film- 
strip and cassette. 

A-V equipment available to the 
churches for promotion of Wit- 
ness Season. Other promotional 
materials such as flags, 
placemats, etc. can be ordered. 
Contact Resource Center for 
specific information. 

volves more than sending funds. 
The Partnership Agreement in 
two of its statements commits 
presbytery to "pray for the per- 
sonnel of CHAPA and the people 
of Bangladesh" and to "seek 
ways in which it can share more 
than money, drawing upon its 
own gifts of Christian faith and 
life and being ready to receive 
such gifts from those involved in 
CHAPA." The following 
missionary personnel need loving 
support. Churches are asked to 
correspond with some of these as 
congregations, groups within the 
church, or individuals. All mail 
may be sent to: 

Presbyterian Fellowship of 

GPO Box 2269 , 
Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Dr. Y.U. Lee, Medical Directoi 
in Tongi of the Christian Healtl 
Services; Park Hae In, a nurse ii 
the pre-and post-natal progran 
for women in villages arounc 
Dhaka; Angela Carter, a nurse 
Dennis Dillip Datta, genera 
secretary of CHAPA; Scott am 
Melanie Smith, agronomist ani 
community health nurse 
Charlotte Mack, public healtl 
ministry; Jack and Jarcia Non 
weiler, medical director o 
CHAPA and teacher; Walte 
Biswas, Business Manager o 
CHAPA; SS. Adikari, CHAPA': 
Business Manager at Tongi; an* 
Craig and Sharlene Meisner. 

Lay Preaching 

Dr. Ben Lacy Ros 
Emeritus Professor of Pastor 
Leadership and Homiletics ! 
Union Theological Seminary 1 
Virginia, will lead a preachii 
workshop for lay leaders on Ma ' 
ch 2, 9:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M. ai 
March 3, 2 P.M. -5:30 P.M. 1 
Fayetteville Presbytery Center' 

This workshop is designed 
help participants explore til 
what and how of Christian cor 1 
munication from the pulpit. [i 

There is a registration fee 
$10.00 that covers writii 
materials, refreshments, ai 

Please register before tl' 
deadline date of February 23. F'l 
further information, conta 
Presbyery Center ( 184-fi:i06) 




Peace, Hunger, Lent Are 
Among Resource Topics 

Several new resources for 
children, youth, and adults have 
recently been acquired by the 
Resource Center. 

A new resource for children is 
Signs of God's Love, a book for 
children on Baptism and Com- 
munion by Jeanne S. Fogle. 
published by Geneva Press. 

Books for teachers and ad- 
visers of youth include 

Helping Youth Interpret the 
Bible, a creative resource which 
combines the principles of how 
we interpret with some actual in- 
terpretation of themes and 
passages to be interpreted by A. 
Roger and Gertrude G. Gobbel. 
and Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. : 

The Giving Book, a creative 
resource to use with youth, based 
on the concept of giving ... in- 
cludes programs, recreation, 
Bible study, theological reflec- 
tion, all experiential learning, by 
Joani Schults and Paul M. Thom- 

Peace-ing It Together, Peace 
and Justice Activities for Youth, 
includes exercises on building 
community, conflict resolution, 
world interdependence, death 
and dying, divorce, nuclear war, 
with each chapter including 
background concepts and resour- 
ces, by Pat Fellers. 

On order for use with youth is 
Carnival of Souls: Religious Cults 
and Young People by Joel Mac- 

New resources for adults in- 

Hunger and Militarism, A 

guide to Study, Reflection and 
Action, a portfolio with resour- 
ces, by the American Friends 
Service Committee ; 

Crime and Community in 
Biblical Perspective, a 
curriculum study guide for chur- 
ch school, mid-week electives or 
retreat formats. including 

background reading and 
suggested teaching methods and 
resources ; 

Caring, Growing, Changing: A 
History of the Protestant Mission 
in Korea, by Martha Huntley, 
missionary to Korea and former 
reporter for The Charlotte Ob- 

New from the Media Bible and 
of particular interest during the 
Lenten Season are "The Prodigal 
Son'' and "Jerusalem", each 
available in film or filmstrip 
form. These may be reserved on 
a first come, first served basis. 

Creative Idea? far Lent, edited 
by Robert C. Davidson, is a 
resource for use in an in- 
tergenerational setting, and is a 
potpourri o' ideas, activities, 
skits, and projects contributed by 
numerous pe* sons. 

Committee Can 
Sponsor Event 
In Your Area 

Do you feel that churches in 
your area would benefit from a 
workshop for Sunday School 
teachers and youth advisors, held 
right in your area? 

Mecklenburg Presbytery's 
Christian Education Committee 
can help you sponsor such an 
event, planning it and providing 
leaders, with the involved chur- 
ches contributing the location 
and recruiting the participants. 
Classes would be offered for each 
age level. 

Call Jocelyn Hill at Presby- 
tery's Office (375-0076) if in- 

Before You Decide . . . 

Mecklenburg Presbytery Center 

Sunday, February 24 
2:30-5:00 p.m. 

Augsburg Curriculum : Eddie Beach and Barbara Palmer 
Ventures Curriculum: Frances Johns and Elizabeth McNair 
A preview of these two curricula for summer of '85 for both 
pre-school and elementary ages. Take a look at all the pos- 
sibilities for your children! 

How to plan a "get away" for your church — including lots of 
possible locations for retreats. Consider this fantastic oppor- 
tunity for strengthening your congregation! 


An overview of a variety of options available for adults in the 
church. Consider new possibilities for your summer program 
for adults. 

Mary Carol Michie and Friends 
Real ways your youth groups can reach out to others in need in 
the Charlotte area. Motivate your youth to look beyond them- 
selves this summer! 


Suggestions and resource aids for planning intergenerational 
events in your church. Increase fellowship and communication 
in your congregation ! 

A guided tour of the materials and audio-visual resources 
which are already yours. A great opportunity to discover new 
resources for your church. 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor February, 1985 

Haiti Project Proceeding; 
More Funds Are Needed 

By Douglas W. Oldenburg, Chmn. 
Haiti Development Commission 

"You made a good beginning . . 
both in the work you did and 
your willingness to undertake it. 
Now, I want you to go on and 
finish it: be as eager to complete 
(it) as you were to adopt it, and 
give according to your means." 
II Corinthians 8: 10-11 (NEB) 

That word of Paul to the 
Christians of Corinth is the Word 
of God to the Christians of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Nine years ago we struck out in 
faith and undertook a major self- 
help, integrated rural develop- 
ment project in the Republic of 
Haiti. By almost every standard, 
it has been a "success story." 

We have worked in thirty 
villages with a staff of fifteen 
Haitians serving as animators 
(community organizers), public 
health nurses, agronomists, 
literacy teachers, veterinarians, 
and nutritionists. 

Literacy centers, 4-H Clubs a 
health clinic, granaries, a 
slaughter house and a metal shop 
have been established. 

Our construction of an 
irrigation canal has provided 
work (and income) for hundreds 
of people and a huge bubble of 

Our financial assistance and 
encouragement have enabled 
hundreds of peasants from the 
villages to receive training in a 
variety of useful skills. 

Yes, by almost every standard, 
"we have made a good beginning 

30 Churches Hear 
Report Concerning 
Hunger In Africa 

One hundred persons represen- 
ting thirty churches from 
Mecklenburg and Catawba 
Presbyteries attended a recent 
program concerning hunger in 

Colleen Shannon-Thornberry, 
co-director of the Presbyterian 
Hunger Program, showed slides 
of the Africa Awareness Team's 
recent visit to Africa. 

She was able to reassure 
Presbyterians that money sent 
through the Presbyterian Hunger 
Program was reaching Africa in 
the form of food and the transpor- 
tation of that food to starving 

Anyone wishing updated in- 
formation on the African 
situation can call the hotline at 1- 
800-433-9345. Materials for 
education and worship may be 
obtained by contacting Scottie 
Lindsay at 375-4976. 

Hundreds of checks came in 
during the Christmas holidays, 
but the African famine and its 
resulting problems will not go 
away quickly. 

Churches and individuals are 
urged to continue to send checks 
through Presbytery's office or 
directly to the Presbyterian 
Hunger Program. 

HAITIANS labor to line canal with masonry 

But now, we need to "go on and 
finish it!" 

Their poultry cooperative has 
started the construction of ten 
chicken barns. 

They are eager to build at least 
two "pigeries", and they need to 
complete the slaughter house by 
adding a reservoir for water. 

But most of all, we need to help 
them complete the irrigation 
canal. They have labored for 
seven years with their picks and 
shovels digging the canal, and in 
recent months they have worked 
with cement and stone and trowel 
lining it with masonry. 

They are now in the process of 
finishing the canal to the ter- 
mination point, constructing the 
diversion dam to divert the water 
from the river into the canal, and 
digging the secondary and ter- 
tiary canals into the fields. 

When it is all completed and 
functioning, it will dramatically 
increase the agricultural produc- 
tivity of the area. 

In order for us to "go on and 
finish" what we started some 
nine years ago, we will need an 
additional $140,000. The construc- 
tion of the irrigation canal has 

cost more than we anticipated, 
but we remain convinced that it is 
worth much more than the 
resources we have invested in it. 
and we simply MUST complete it 
and assure its maximum 

We therefore invite all chur- 
ches in Mecklenburg Presbytery 
to "be as eager to complete it as 
we were to adopt it, and to give 
according to your means." (I 
Cor. 8:22). 

We would welcome other chur- 
ches and Presbyteries to join us 
in the completion of this work. 

Each time we visit the project, 
the Haitians remind us that they 
frequently remember us in their 
prayers, giving thanks to God for 
all we have helped them do to 
help themselves. As one of them 
said, "You represent Jesus 
Christ to us ; you have brought us 
his salvation." 

They have invited all of us to 
come to Haiti in January, 1986, 
and to join them in a celebration 
and festival marking the com- 
pletion of the project. 

Yes, we have "made a good 
beginning!" Now, let's "GO ON 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


24 2 : 30-5 : 00 p. m . —Summer Options Workshop 

26 9:00 a.m. — Mecklenburg Presbytery— Sugaw Creek Church 


5 4 : 00 p. m . —Planning 
7 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 
12 12 noon— Loaves & Fishes 

4:00 p.m.— Christian Education 
7 : 00 p.m . —Church Assistance 
3 : 00 p. m . —Youth Council 

3:00 p.m.— Birthday Interpreters Helpshops— Siler Church 
3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 
9: 15 a.m.— 2( Meal Committee 
3:00 p.m.— Birthday Interpreters Helpshops— St. 
Andrews Church 




Refugee Settlement 
Committee Continues 

The Orange Presbyterian 

Bob Poteet, Editor 

February, 1985 

LEFT TO RIGHT, James Boakye-Dankwah, Doug and Ruth Welch, Roslyn and James Boakye- 

Mbuji Mayi Update: 

Doug and Ruth Welch Return 

As the term of service for Doug and Ruth Welch con- 
cludes, the Hunger Committee of Presbytery wants to 
share excerpts of a letter sent to the Presbytery by the 
Welches : 

"As our term as missionaries in Mbuji Mayi, Zaire, 
draws to its end and we reflect on the Lord's work 
being done at the Mbuji Mayi Christian Health Center, 
we'd like to share the Good News. 

The Christian Health Center is the presence of Christ 
amongst the poor, sick and hungry; amongst the 
diamond diggers and their social problems, the 
villagers and the city dwellers. The Lord's presence 
reminds them that God is not aloof but present in their 
pain, sharing their suffering. It's a place where they 
can come and be healed without paying the exorbitant 
prices or the bribes as is done in the government 

Rejoice with us in these examples of the progress of 
the work. 

They now have crowds of up to 500 children to be 
weighed, vaccinated and counseled. These vac- 
cinations definitely save many children's lives in a ci*^ 
where measles is a major cause of death in yo'^ng 
children. The nutrition rehabilitation clinic enroll ap- 
proximately 70 children and their ' mothers' eac!i mon- 
th. They learn about proper nutrition and of the help 
they need to prevent them from dying of malnutrition. 
The family planning talks and counseling sessions are 
well attended by many attentive women and a few 

The agricultural committee in Tshiondo (the most 
active of 20 committees) has stored enough corn to 
take them through the lean months of October and 
November. They say they want to wipe out the word 
"famine" in the villages during those mont'is. The 
community development department has started a 
program of health and sanitation in the schools. This 
includes the digging of latrines because many, many 
schools have no such facilities. 

Those who work at the center continue to be trained 

in their areas of profession. They continue to b( 
challenged in their Christian faith in the daiij 
devotions at the center. 

Its been a joy, and at times a struggle, to work anc 
live here in the social upheaval of Mbuji Mayi. But, th( 
Lord is certainly working and is present with joy at tht 
Christian Health Center. 

Our missionary replacements. James and Roslyr 
Boakye-Dankwah (from Ghana), have arrived and 
we're glad they're here! They have busily immersed 
themselves in the work and the study of Tshiluba. 

Thank you for being a part of Christ's presence here 
in Mbuji Mayi — through your prayers, gifts, and sup- 
port of us. We hope to see many of you in the States and 
share with you personally." 

The Hunger Committee wants you to know thai 
Doug, Ruth plan to be in Orange Presbytery March 2 
10. To schedule their being in your church, contact th< 
Presbytery Office. 

The following hunger resources are available: 

minutes — relates the Mbujimayi Project to the Afric; 
crisis, produced from additional footage made by Bol 
Patterson in May, 1983. (V 2 " VHS. Beta, Durham Only 

*HOPE FOR MBUJIMAYI, 25 minutes, slide 
sound— an up-date of the Mbijimayi Project and it 
place in relation to the Africa crisis. 

•NEW BULLETIN INSERT - Up-date of costs c 
specific items involved in the Mbijimayi Project an 
pictures, before and after, a case study child who pai 
ticipated in the nutrition rehabilitation program. 

*HEAR OUT CRY, 32 minutes, video tr.p 
program— full description of the Mbijimayi Pry*. 
C 2 " VHS and Beta) 

— Church School Grades 4-8, 11 min.: Grade- K-3, 

Hunger Stickers. Hunger Offering Envelopes, stud 
materials and speakers. Contact the Presbytery o 

Educator Certified 

Singles Conference Set 

Orange Presbytery has a 
Refugee Resettlement and Spon- 
sorship Committee made up of 
nine members which has been 
rather downhearted because 
there seems to be little interest 
in the resettlement of refugees. 
They are, however, not giving up 
and have adopted quite a few 
methods of getting the message 
to congregations. One is to place 
a story from a particular church 
in Presbyterian News for other 
congregations to read. 

The following story comes from 
Western Boulevard Presbyterian 
Church in Raleigh where Ed 
Byers is pastor. The members 
there hope that their story will 
help others get involved. To find 
out more, contact the chair per- 
son of the committee, Rev. Polk 
Moffet, 601 Princeton St., 
Raleigh, 27609. or Dr. Kay Robert 
Volkwijn in the presbytery office. 

Refugee Resettlement 
At Western 
Boulevard Church 

In the fall of 1979, a small group 
of interested Christians met 
together to discuss the plight of 
refugees around the world. There 
was deep concern and much 
compassion, but most members 
were frightened of a commitment 
such as sponsorship. One 
dedicated couple sought support 
from various groups and commit- 
tees of the church, but there was 
reluctance of members getting 
involved. It seemed this aspect of 
Christian service would be lost. 

Apparently God had other 
plans. A Laotian family of three 
arrived in Raleigh without a 
sponsor. The church was contac- 
ted and told of the need for a 
sponsor. The congregation 
responded and the family was 
adopted into the church family. 

A refugee committee was for- 

Peacemaking — 
The Continuing 

About 600 Presbyterians from 
45 states converged on 
Washington January 29 for the 
national convocation on "The 
Presbyterian Decade of 
Peacemaking." The participants 
reflected upon the last ten years 
and then set some challenges for 
the next decade. 

Dr. Allen A. Boesak, South 
African native, President of the 
World Alliance of Reformed 
Churches, outspoken critic of the 
South African government, and 
patron of the United Democratic 
Front, was one of the leaders. In 
1985, he was appointed as Inter- 
national Peacemaker for the 
Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Concluding the conference was 
a musical satire, "Alice in Blun- 
derland," presented by the 
Presbyterian Peacemaking Cen- 
ter of Raleigh, Rev W.W. "Bud- 
dy" Olney, leader. 

Other activities included the 
sharing with the Synod of the 
Piedmont in their protest in front 
of the United States Embassy as 
part of the "Free South Africa 
Movement;" a candlelight vigil 
in front of the White House for 40 
minutes, to symbolize the 40 
years of the nuclear arms race; 
visits to lobby Senators and 
Congress persons; and a service 
of worship celebrating the Lord's 
Supper at the National 

med which started making plans 
for housing, household 
necessities, food, English classes 
and medical care. 

It took approximately four 
months to get two part-time jobs 
for the seventy year old non- 
English speaking father. His for- 
ty-six year old wife also worked 
at a full time job in a large 
Raleigh church kitchen. Their 
eight year old son adjusted 
quickly to school and made friends 
easily, even stealing the hearts 
of everyone on his soccer team ! 

Much time and effort went into 
helping this family and the mem- 
bers of the church are grateful 
for this opportunity of helping. 
The family has since moved to 
California but ties remain and 
letters continue. One member 
wrote, "we look back and 
remember the good times and 
some frustrating moments, too." 
And yet, this ministry of outreach 
and caring continues. 

As the first family grew in in- 
dependence, the church felt it 
was time to adopt a second 
family, and in August, 1981, adop- 
ted an English speaking family of 

The needs were handled and 
met at a rapid pace. The family 
saved $3,500 for a down payment 
on a car in less than two years; 
the oldest daughter won the out- 
standing student award in the 
elementary schools of Wake 
County ; and in the face of serious 
medical problems, the family 
and the ties between the church 
and family were strengthened. 

A member of the local church 
resettlement committee shared 
her excitement and en- 
thusiasm remarking, "hopefully 
this young family will assist us in 
the next few months. We are 
preparing to sponsor our third 
family in the near future. Yes, we 
are excited and eagerly looking 
forward to meeting them. How 
blessed we are that God allows us 
to serve in this way." 

Presbyterian Church. Preaching 
was Dr. Catherine Gonzales, 
Professor at Columbia 
Theological Seminary and mem- 
ber of Orange Presbytery. 

Present for most of the con- 
ference were David Huffman, 
chair person of Orange 
Presbytery's Peacemaking 
Committee, Carlisle Harvard, 
committee member, and Kay 
Robert Volkwijn, Staff Associate. 

Word has just been received 
that Ms. Evelyn Edwards, 
Elementary Ministries Director 
at First Church Greensboro has 
been certified by the General 
Assembly Mission Board as an 
Associate in Christian Education 
within the Presbyterian Church 

Evelyn is a member of First 
Church and has been serving in 
this position for seven years — a 
position which started as an in- 
terim position! 

Evelyn's primary respon- 
sibilities include elementary 
teacher training and support, 
Vacation Church School, 
developing a variety of special in- 
tergenerational events for the 
congregation, and being in charge 
of First Church's annual summer 
recreation program for children. 

To qualify for this cer- 
tification, one has to have 
received a bachelor's degree 

from an accredited college or 
university, mastering in Christian 
Education, had at least a year's 
experience as a church educator, 
and received a positive recom- 
mendation from a panel of peers, 
church members and staff 
colleagues tin the Certification 
Council of the Presbyterian 
Church, based upon a review of 
the educator's ability to integrate 
biblical and theological com- 
ponents of ministry with the 
educational and practical. 

Congratulations, Evelyn! If 
there are other educators who 
are considering this very 
significant step contact Bob 
Poteet in presbytery's office. 
Certification is a process which 
recognizes and reaffirms the 
educatioanl competence, the per- 
sonal maturity, the professional 
growth, and the denominational 
accountability of educators 
within the Presbyterian Church. 

The Orange Presbytery 
Singles' Ministry Committee is 
sponsoring the second annual 
conference, SINGLENESS: THE 
from 1-11 P.M., Saturday, March 
23, 1985, at the Starmount 
Presbyterian Church in Green- 

More than 500 Triad men and 
women attended the first con- 
ference last year. The committee 
has planned even more variety in 
workshop offerings and social ac- 
tivities for this year's conference. 

Participants will select two 
from among thirteen workshops, 
with topics on such issues as 
being a single Christian, in- 
timacy, human development, 
grief, sexuality, communication 
skills, sacred psychology, legal 
issues, travel, single parenting, 

play, divorce, and the posith 
aspects of being single. Workshc 
leaders are well known thrcu| 
out the Triad area. 

Following the workshi 
sessions there will be a eaten 
dinner, a keynote speaker, ai 
time for dancing, playing vario 
games, or just enjoying go. 
conversation with others, 
resource room will be op, 
throughout the day with boo | 
being offered for sale by lo< 
bookstores. \ 

Once again the registration | 
is $5.00 which includes all f| 
day's activities. For more inf 
mation or for brochures w 
registration forms, write or c 
Starmount Presbyterian Chur 
3501 W. Market Street, Gre. 
sboro, N.C. 27403 ( 919) 299-81| 
attn. : Pam Stribling. 




Lesson Six: March — "For As You Have Done To Others — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

By Mary Boney Sheats 


This month's study plunges us into the midst of some 
truly "minor" prophets— minor in the usual sense of 
the term. At least this is true of Nahum and Obadiah. 
The narrow nationalism of these two books will make 
us work hard to answer the questions, What did it 
mean? and What docs it mean? In the providence of 
God these works are in our canon, so we shall listen for 
the word of God through them. 


This small Dook has been called "one ecstatic shout 
of delirious joy" — a great "at last!" Nineveh has 
fallen. That city on the Tigris River which has con- 
trolled Judah for over a hundred years has been 
defeated by the Babylonians, and Nahum is delighted. 
The year is 612 B.C. 

It is always good to see someoody happy; bui this is a 
gruesome kind of joy. And we have a problem. How can 
we justify this "hymn of hate" being in the canon? 
Well, let's try. 

1. The book does have literary value. In Chapter 1, 
verses 2-9 are written in alphabetical acrostic form 
(taking us through 13 of the 22 characters of the 
Hebrew alphabet) with a strong picture of God. The 
description of the fall of the city in Chapters 2 and 3 
comes through vividly enough in English, and is even 
more powerful in the original language. (The opening 
words of 2:10 sound like "Boo-qah, oo-m-boo-qah, oo- 
m-boo-la-qah," all variations on the word that means 

2. The book certainly maintains the sovereignty of 
God and the moral nature of the universe. 

3. It confirms the saying that "Those who take the 
sword will perish by the sword." 

4. It shows that there is a place for righteous in- 
dignation. Are we condemned by what does not 
provoke us? Is there anywhere you draw the line about 
what goes on in your community, or in your children's 
schools? Is there a place where you say, "This must 

So here is the Book of Nahum, reminding us that 
there is such a thing as patriotism, but leading us to 
recognize that there is, under God, something more. 

Rudyard Kipling was in line to become England's 
poet laureate on the death of Alfred Lord Tennyson. 
But he was not selected, because the English people 
were furious over a poem he wrote called "Reces- 
sional." At a time when Britannia ruled the waves, and 
the sun did not set on the British Empire, Kipling 

God of our fathers, known of old- 
Lord of our far-flung battle line- 

Beneath Whose awf ul hand we hold 
Dominion over palm and pine- 
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, 
Lest we forget— lest we forget ! 

Far-called, our navies melt away ; 
On dune and headland sinks the f ire— 
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday 
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! 
Judge of the nations, spare us yet, 
Lest we forget— lest we forget! 

Kipling's nation was not willing to admit the 
possibility that the empire might not be a permanent 
fact, and that the fate of Nineveh which Nahum cele- 
brated might find its echoes in later centuries. 

This study could yield some of the most crucial 
discussion yet. Have we let our determination to keep 
church and state separate mean that we neglect our 
responsibility as citizens? 


This most minor of the minor prophets has just one 
theme: deep-seated, consuming anger at the Edomites 
for their hostility toward Israel. 

The book furnishes a good example of how history 
and geography are woven together. The Edomites 
were the descendants of Esau, twin brother of 
Jacob/Israel, and they had settled to the south of the 
Israelites. (See map, p. 21 in study book/p. 5 in Con- 
cern.) Old Testament history abounds with references 
to the enmity between the two brothers and their 
progeny. (Gen. 25-27; Num. 20:14-21; I Kings 11:14-21; 
II Kings 8:20-22; 16:6) But the worst break came 
during the seige of Jerusalem in 587, when the 
Edomites joined the Babylonians in crushing the 
descendants of Israel. They defied the Middle Eastern 
proverb, "Me against my brother, but me and my 
brother against our cousin, and me and my brother and 
my cousin against any outsider." (Ezekiel 25:12-14: 
Psalm 137) It is the Edomites' defiance of this tradition 
that is reflected in the Book of Obadiah, especially 
verses 10-14. 

As with Nahum we have to ask, How can this 
vengeful book speak to us today in God's name? 
Perhaps if it makes us look inward to the anger in our- 
selves that so easily becomes hatred, it may keep us 
from feeling superior to the Edomites. It may remind 
us that although we do not live in the period of eye-for- 
eye retaliation, there is sometimes that within us that 
wants to say through clenched teeth, "As you have 
done, it shall be done to you." (vs. 15) But it does not 
have to be so. 


One of the most magnificent acts of courage in recent 
history was the visit of Anwar Sadat of Egypt to 
Jerusalem in 1977. Here a Moslem was demonstrating 
in a step of reconciliation toward the Jewish nation a 
gesture in which Christians could recognize the spirit 
of Christ. "God moves in a mysterious way, his. won- 
ders to perform"; maybe God can use Obadiah in a 
negative image of what he expects of us. 


While Nahum and Obadiah saw with satisfaction the 
evidence of God's judgment on the nations of Assyria 
and Edom, Habakkuk did not find such easy moralism. 
The assumption that evil will be punished, materially, 
and that goodness will be rewarded is sometimes 
referred to as "deuteronomic theology," because it 
pervades the Book of Deuteronomy. But this conviction 
also is plowed deep within humankind, being as recent 
as the last time you said, "What have I done to deserve 
this?" This theology often works— but not always; and 
Habakkuk faces with us the problem of theodicy: how 
can a just God be at the same time a caring God in light 
of the tragedies that happen to good human beings? 

The first chapter of Habakkuk is in the form of a con- 
versation between the prophet and God. (Follow the 
section, "A Conversation with God," in the study book, 
pp. 52-53/Concern 19b-20a.) 

Although the prophet's first question (1:2-4) is an- 
swered, the second one (1:13) is not. But Habakkuk 
does not give up on God. He adopts a "wait and see" at- 
titude (2:1), confident that God's goodness will prevail. 
He makes a tremendous affirmation of faith: 

"Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall 
perish, but the righteous shall live by his faith." (2:4) 

The word for "faith" implies something you can lean 
on with confidence it will not give way. It can also 
mean "faithfulness," and the spirit of this affirmation 
is spelled out at the end of the psalm which forms 
Chapter 3 of Habakkuk (verses 17-19). 

Habakkuk has not found an intellectual answer to the 
problem of theodicy (nor did Jeremiah, nor did Job), 
but through his faith he is taken to where the question 
no longer matters. The worse may come to worst, but 
those who wait in faith will ascend securely into the 
place where God is; and the LORD'S presence is 


The "Pause and Reflect" questions are verv 
provocative this month. Choose the ones you think your 
group particularly needs, and encourage them to face 
their implications. 

Discover An Ancient Land Of Beauty — 

And A New Field Of Mission 

Journey To Understanding: India and Nepal 
October 24-November 13. 1985 

Enjoy the best of two journeys: a tour of exotic attractions in colorful 
India and the Himalyan mountain kingdom of Nepal, and a first-hand 
experience of Christian mission in those two countries — the world's 
largest democracy, and the world's only Hindu monarchy. You will 
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your guides, The Rev. Gordon and Margaret Ruff, who were 
missionaries to India and Nepal for 32 years. 

Now parish associate at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in 
Raleigh, N.C., Gordon hopes many of those on the tour will be mem- 
bers of the former PCUS who take advantage of this opportunity to visit 
what for them is a new mission field. 

Experience The Church In Mission: 

You will meet local Christian leaders and Presbyterian missionaries, 
worship in churches in both English and the indigenous languages, and 
stay in faculty homes at the Christian Medical College in Vellore as you 
visit the largest Christian medical center in South Asia. 

In addition to your vivid glimpse of Christian mission, you will see 
Islamic mosques, the cradle of Buddhism at Sarnath and ancient Hindu 

rines, temples, and wood carvings. 

Experience Adventure and Fascinating Vistas: 

On your 21 -day journey, you will also 

•Stay at a jungle camp and ride an elephant on a jungle trail 

•Float down a river in a dugout canoe, surrounded by exotic birds 

and alligators 

•Fly toward Mt. Everest as the sun rises spectacularly 

•Gaze at the ethereal Taj Mahal bathed in full moonlight 

•Ride in a haunting trip on the Ganges River at ancient Varanasi as 

dawn breaks. 

Per more Information or to register, contact: The Rev. and Mrs. 
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Grandfather Home for Children located in the mountains of North 
Carolina is seeking individuals and couples to work on a live-in basis 
with young people and their families or to prepare for adoption. 
Challenging and rewarding work in a beautiful setting. Contact: Director 
of Family Services, Grandfather Home for Children, P.O. Box 98, Banner 
Elk, N.C. 28604, (704) 898-5393. 

Synod Of North Carolina Ministry At 
University Of North Carolina 
At Chapel Hill 

A ministry to the students, faculty, and staff which in- 
cludes worship, Bible study, opportunities for study ac- 
tion on contemporary social issues, opportunities for 
Christian fellowship and service, pastoral care and coun- 
seling, work study projects, forums which relate to 
ethical and moral concerns of the university and com- 
munity, and an interpretation of this ministry to the 
university, community, and local congregations. 

Applicant must be an ordained Presbyterian minister. 
Deadline for receiving dossiers is April 15, 1985. They 
should be submitted to the Chapel Hill Search Commit- 
tee, c/o Synod of North Carolina, Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), P.O. Box 10785, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605. 

Continued From Page Four 

document to its executive com- 
mittee to study. 

Perhaps the clearest indication 
of a change in direction involves 
the ministry at Appalachian. 
Associate Synod Executive 
Tyrone Burkette told the Council 
the local board overseeing the 
present reduced ministry wants 
to continue a Presbyterian 
ministry, and has long-range 
plans for the Synod to assume 
responsibility for it. Burkette 
said he believes the ministry 
group approves of that direction. 


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Churches Seek Shared Values 
To Unite Divided Community 

When a community is divided, 
perhaps there are some underly- 
ing values held in common that 
can help unite different groups: 
such was the thesis behind a 
"Symposium on Values and Com- 
munity Life" in Rocky Mount in 
November, sponsored by First 
Presbyterian Church and 
Metropolitan Baptist Church. 

The meeting provided a forum 
where black and white people 
could come together to seek 
shared values and underlying 
commonality, said the Rev. 
David H. Bowman, pastor of 
First Presbyterian. "It was a 
symbol of unity in spite of the 
divisions in the community." 

First Presbyterian is 
predominantly white, while 
Metropolitan Baptist is 
predominantly black. In a pro- 
posal to the North Carolina 
Humanities Committee, which 
helped fund the symposium, the 
sponsors said that the two chur- 
ches contained significant por- 
tions of the community's white 
and black leadership. Bowman 
said the conference drew about 
250 participants, including a good 
cross-section of the leadership of 
Rocky Mount. He said he thought 
the conference was successful 
because it attracted that many 

Rocky Mount straddles two 
counties, and geographical divi- 
sion reflects division in the com- 
munity, the Raleigh News and 
Observer reported in an account 
of the meeting. The Edgecombe 
County side tends to be blacker 
and poorer, while the Nash Coun- 

ty side tends to be whiter and 
wealthier. Bowman told the 
Raleigh paper, "We're in danger 
of becoming two communities." 

The proposal to the Humanities 
Committee said the community 
was fragmented in a number of 
ways, and the symposium intend- 
ed to address that fragmentation. 
One method it proposed was to 
review changes over the past 20 
years, consider which values 
were affirmed or neglected by 
the changes, and use values to en- 
vision a more humane future. 
The symposium would try to lead 
participants to develop an "inten- 
tional hierarchy of values," the 
proposal said. 

The meeting featured plenary 
sessions with addresses by 
several speakers, including Dr. 

William C. Friday, president of 
the University of North Carolina, 
and Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, religion 
professor at Duke University. 

Small groups focused on identi- 
fying and clarifying values, 
Bowman said, "to get at the 
underlying unity, identifying 
what we have in common." Those 
groups also tried to identify 
economic divisions, he added. 

The symposium included a 
community profile of Rocky 
Mount and both counties, with the 
population of each analyzed by 
economic, racial, and educa- 
tional characteristics. There was 
also an assessment of major in- 
dustries in the area. 

The Rev. James Smylie, pro- 
fessor at Union Seminary in 
Virginia, led a panel discussion. 

Davidson Official Lee 
Willingham Dies 

The Rev. E. Lee Willingham 
III, executive director of con- 
stituent programs and director of 
the Living Endowment at David- 
son College, died on February 4 
after suffering a heart attack, in 
Columbus, Georgia. He was 57. 

Willingham had been on the 
Davidson staff since 1978. A 
native of Augusta, Georgia, he 
graduated from Davidson in 1948 
and then attended Columbia 
Seminary. He was ordained by 
Albemarle Presbytery in 1951 
and served as pastor of the Holly- 

Ministerial Changes 

PLC. Foundation — 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerks of Synod from 
the stated clerks of the 

J. Reid Graham died 
December 18. He was an 
honorably retired member of 
Fayetteville Presbytery. 

Robert A. McCully Jr. has been 
ordained by Albemarle 

Presbytery and installed as 
pastor of the Macclesfield 

Charles A Norwood has been 
received by Albemarle 
Presbytery from Mecklenburg 
Presbytery. He is honorably 

Ronald C. Crossley has become 
president of the Presbyterian 

wood and Chicod Churches in 
Greenville from 1951 to 1957. 

From 1957 to 1962 he served as 
pastor of Buffalo Church in 
Greensboro. He also served 
several pastorates in Georgia. 

At Davidson, Willingham was 
responsible for the annual fund, 
which nearly tripled during his 
time at the college. 

A member of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, he was also serving 
as interim pastor of St. Andrews 
Church in Charlotte. 

Surviving are his mother, Mary 
Elizabeth Z. Cato of Augusta ; his 
wife, Bettie Ann R. Willingham; 
four sons, Edward L. Willingham 
IV of Raleigh, Albert D. 
Willingham of Madison, John M. 
Willingham of Princeton, N.J., 
and Robert D. Willingham, a 
student at Davidson; one 
daughter, Martha W. Flowers of 
Abbeville, S.C. ; and four grand- 

Continued From Page Two 
In other words, the Foundation has been formed to be of financial help 
and strength and support to the other better-known and older agencies 
and institutions of the Synod. It was the dream of the members of the 
committee that recommended this to Synod, and it is the hope of the 
members of the board of directors of the Foundation today, that sub- 
stantial amounts of money can be gathered together, invested wisely, 
carefully managed, so that such causes as Barium Springs, the 
Seminary in Richmond, colleges like St. Andrews, Davidson, Queens, 
Lees-McRae, and Warren Wilson, and the Presbyterian Homes might 
be the recipients of the earnings of those moneys. 

This is to be a long-range, continuing function of the Synod which can 
well prove to be the additional support for the programs and agencies of 
Synod that will be needed in the years to come. It is our dream that 
Presbyterians will want to remember these agencies and institutions in 
their wills, making bequests to the Foundation to benefit them. 
And so, over the next several months we hope to keep you informed of 
he work of the Foundation. We want you to know about it and to become 
nvolved in its long-range, on-going work. We invite you to become a 
'Charter Subscriber" to the Foundation. Our immediate goal is to 
mlist 1,000 N.C. Presbyterians, encouraging them to give $100 apiece. 
Vith that $100,000 in hand and wisely invested, we can begin to 
listribute the earnings to the causes of Synod. This can be the begin- 

\ The primary objective right now is to let you know about the Foun- 
i aticn. We remember all too well the story of the Presbyterian in Texas 
10 left $2 million to the Texas Baptist Foundation. He knew about the 
aptist Foundation because his wife was a member of the Baptist 
hurch. What he did not know was that his own Presbyterian Church 
ad a Foundation. We do not want that happening here in North 
arolina. We want you to know that we have a Foundation! 

W. Kirk Allen is executive director of the Foundation. 

Home of South Carolina. A 
member of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, He was dean of 
students at St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College. 

Juventino R. Ballesteros has 
been dismissed by Fayetteville 
Presbytery to St. Johns 
Presbytery (which has now 
become Central Florida 
Presbytery). He was associate 
pastor of First Church, Fayet- 

Protestors Jailed 

Police arrested 25 persons from 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) for demonstrating 
within 500 feet of the Embassy of 
South Africa in Washington in 
late January. 



27-28 Disaster Preparedness 
Seminar, Camp Car- 
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21-22 Face-to-Face meeting, 
Roanoke, Virginia (Air- 
port Holiday Inn) 
27 Synod Council, Raleigh 

'Visitors' Try To 
Disrupt Symposium 

The Rocky Mount conferen- 
ce had some unexpected 
visitors. In an article in The 
Presbyterian Outlook of 
February 4, the Rev. David H. 
Bowman related how some in 
the community in the days 
before the meeting tried to 
link its funding from the 
National Endowment for the 
Humanities with what 
Bowman described as "a 
strawman called 'The Secular 
Humanist Conspiracy.'" He 
went on to tell how some 
members of discussion groups 
tried to monopolize convers- 
ation, warning of a "humanist 
conspiracy" and attacking the 
character of major speakers 
and discussion leaders. 

Bowman wrote that one 
speaker was accused of being 
a communist, while a small- 
group participant told the 
discussion leader he would 
have been hanged a century 

The disruptions, Bowman 
wrote, were part of an 

organized effort to "subvert 
the ministry of two mainline 

His article sparked a 
lengthy account of the disrup- 
tions in Raleigh's News and 

After that story appeared, 
Bowman issued a statement, 
which included the comment 
that "The present unrest sim- 
ply bears witness to the awful 
reality of divisiveness, which 
the conference tried to ad- 
dress. I firmly believe that the 
challenge for all of us is to find 
ways of reaching across our 
racial, social, political, and 
economic divisions." 

He also said, "The Church is 
entrusted with the story of 
Jesus, which is the gospel of 
reconciliation. A concern for 
unity — a healing of the 
brokenness of life — and a 
prayer for the restoration of 
true harmony between in- 
dividuals and groups is im- 
plicit to the Faith." 

Longtime Yadkin Clerk 
Peterson Dead At 68 

The Rev. John D. Peterson, 
stated clerk of Yadkin 
Presbytery for 40 years, died 
January 18 at his home in Win- 
ston-Salem. He was 68. 

During his career as a pastor, 
he served only one church, Grace 
Church in Winston-Salem, from 
his ordination in 1943 until his 
retirement in 1981. He continued 
as stated clerk, still serving in 
that capacity at his death. 

A native of Salisbury, Peterson 
was a 22-year-old teacher when 
he decided to become a minister. 
He was ordained in the United 
Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. 

When United Presbyterians 
and the Presbyterian Church, 
U.S., began to work on reunion in 
1969, Peterson, "watched 
cautiously," the Winston-Salem 
Sentinel said in an obituary. 
"Most of the gains that have been 
made by black Presbyterians in 

this area were made by the 
blacks on their own," the Sentinel 
quoted him as saying. "I just 
want to make certain that these 
gains are not lost in reunion." 

He later saw reunion as 
inevitable and favored its 
passage, the newspaper added. 
Yadkin Presbytery voted in favor 
of reunion in 1983. 

The Rev. L.V. Lassiter Jr., who 
succeeded Peterson at Grace 
Church, said he was "a fine per- 
son," the Sentinel account said. 
It quoted other leaders, both 
black and white, as calling Peter- 
son well grounded historically, 
knowing much about the church's 
background from the perspective 
of blacks and whites. 

Peterson was the first black to 
be designated as "a man of the 
year" by the Junior Chamber of 
Commerce in North Carolina, in 
1948 under a special program 
recognizing outstanding blacks. 

Communicator's Corner— 

Continued From Page Four 

•Heard a progress report on a new Presbyterian Heritage Cur- 
riculum that is being prepared for use in church schools by the end of 
this decade. This new curriculum would replace one track of the 
Christian Education/Shared Approaches now being used by many 
congregations, and would be a "Presbyterian-specific" curriculum 
rather than the ecumenical ones now in use. 

•Approved the merger of the evangelism and church-growth offices 
in New York and Atlanta. Mrs. Betty Henderson of Hendersonville will 
serve as one of two Mission Board representatives to the advisory com- 
mittee overseeing the work of the newly merged office. 

•Accepted, with regret, the resignation of Ms. Sara Juengst, who has 
been serving the Division of International Mission as staff associate for 
mutual mission coordination (presbytery partnerships). Ms. Juengst 
will be teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. 

•Heard about a special emphasis on ministry in Appalachia. This 
emphasis will be more fully explained in a special program on Ap- 
palachia at the meeting of the General Assembly in Indianapolis. 

•Thanked Ms. Barbara Campbell Davis for her work as moderator of 
the Mission Board in 1984-85. Lamont Brown of Southern Pines will 
become moderator following this summer's meeting of the General 

The Presbyterian News 




MARCH, 1985 


Family Life Top Mission Priority Of Local 
Leaders; Statement On Emphases Drafted 

Enriching family life, paren- 
ting, and marriages was the top 
choice of congregational leaders 
in the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) who responded to a 
"mission-design" questionnaire 
on what the denomination should 
adopt as its highest priority. 

Meanwhile, a "Life and 
Mission Statement" drafted at a 

meeting in February proposes 
that the church emphasize values 
of interdependence and diversity, 
model itself after the "suffering 
servant" of Philippians 2:5-7, and 
"proclaim the good news of 
Christ" and "manifest the justice 
of God." 

The congregational leaders 
formed one group of respondents 

Letters To Reagan On 
Weir's Behalf Urged 

The Program Agency in 
New York is encouraging 
people to write President 
Reagan, asking him to inter- 
vene directly in the case of the 
kidnapped Presbyterian 
missionary in Lebanon, the 
Rev. Benjamin Weir, reported 
Synod Executive John D. 
MacLeod Jr. from the General 
Assembly Council meeting in 
California in mid-March. 
Weir's wife, Carol, and his son 
appeared before the Council, 
MacLeod reported. 

The State Department has 
encouraged the family to keep 
a low profile, but the 
missionary has now been a 
captive for more than 300 
days. His abductors are 

believed to be the same group 
of Shiite Moslems from which 
American journalist Jeremy 
Levin, another captive, 
escaped recently. MacLeod 
said church officials believe 
the intention of the captors is 
to get the attention of the U.S. 
government, and they have 
threatened to kill one of their 

In addition to Weir, two 
other Americans are believed 
to be held by the same group. 

The Program Agency "feels 
they're not getting anywhere 
with the State Department" 
and so is encouraging 
Presbyterians to write the 
President to intervene, 
MacLeod said. 

to the questionnaire, along with 
General Assembly groups, 
synods and presbyteries, and 
others. Only one of every four 
congregations, however, respon- 
ded. The meeting at which the 
"Life and Mission Statement" 
was drafted came at the end of a 
year of consultation, accom- 
plished through the question- 
naire. The church's mission- 
design committee held the 
meeting to draft the statement, 
which went to the General 

In The News 

THE STORY of the 
early Church as 
told on NBC 4 

CREEDS of the 
Church explained 
in new book 4 

a Christian 
perspective helps 
the whole 
person 12 

weekend at the 
beach 12 

President Who Kept Peace 
College From Closing Dies 

Dr. William C. Pressly, who 
was president of Peace College 
longer than any other president, 
died in Raleigh on January 19 of 
heart failure. He was 90. Pressly 
served as president from 1926 to 
1965, a total of 39 years. 

Pressly was president when 
plans were formulated to close 
several of the Synod's colleges 
and consolidate them in the new 
St. Andrews Presbyterian 
College. The Peace president won 
a court order preventing the 
Synod from closing Peace 
College as part of that plan. 

Current President S. David 
Frazier, who succeeded Pressly, 
told the Raleigh News and Ob- 
server, "I understand his 
tenacity and conviction led the 
charge which prevented the 
closing of the school." 

Frazier also said Pressly "ser- 
ved the college just as he lived, 
with great courage and deter- 
mination and an unfaltering kind 
of Christian faith." 

William P. McPherson of 
Raleigh, who chaired the in- 
stitution's board of trustees when 
Pressly retired, was quoted in the 

Dr. William C. Pressly 

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saying the president "always 
kept his door open to students, 
and I think I could say that they 
loved him dearly." 

Born in Troy, Tennessee, 
Pressly graduated from Erskine 
College and earned a master's 
degree from what was then North 
Carolina State College. He 

received an honorary doctorate 
from Erskine. 

Pressly served in the Army in 
France during World War I, was 
principal at two Mecklenburg 
County schools, and was a YMCA 
secretary in Georgia before 
joining the Peace staff as 
business manager in 1920, 
working in that capacity until' he 
assumed the presidency. 

He taught Sunday School at 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Raleigh for many years. 

The Pressly Arts and Science 
Building on the Peace campus 
was named for him. 

Surviving are his wife, Harriet 
B. Pressly; three daughters, 
Mrs. Charles L. Tucker Jr. of 
Greensboro, Mary Lou Pressly of 
Raleigh, and Mrs. Jack Fulghum 
of Norfolk, Virginia; two sons, 
George B. Pressly of Nashua, 
N.H., and James M. Pressly of 
Virginia Beach, Virginia; two 
sisters, Miss Mary Pressly of 
Memphis, Tennessee, and Mrs. 
V.A. Sydenstricker of Batesvilie, 
Arkansas; nine grandchildren; 
and five great-grandchildren. 

Assembly Council in March and 
will go to the meeting of the 
Assembly in June for a vote on its 

Enriching family life was 
Favored by 37 percent of 
congregational respondents as 
top priority. Close to it were 
leading others to a saving 
knowledge of Jesus Christ and 
promoting peacemaking, both 
chosen by 36 percent as top 

Three other choices were 
widely supported, as well: sup- 
porting the witness of the laity; 
emphasizing scripture's primacy 
as a standard for faith and life; 
and joint, work in education, 
evangelism, service, and 

A committee member, Thelma 
Adair, said she noted "an absen- 
ce of any strong mandate for 
social change among the par- 
ticipants' responses." Committee 
chairman Josiah H. Beemar 

called the result of the question- 
naire "a snapshot of those who 
chose to be in the picture." 

He added, "It is not our intent 
to conduct some sort of referen- 
dum [or say] that we were 
seeking a mandate. " 

Congregations composed 
primarily of racial minorities 
responded similarly to 
congregations in general, with 
one difference: the former were 
clearly concerned with financial 

The "Life and Mission 
Statement" asserts that 
Presbyterians "share respon- 
sibility for the impact of the 
policies and acts of our gover- 
nment, some corporations and 
other institutions upon the poor 
and oppressed people of the 
world" and calls church mem- 
oers "cautious risk-takers, often 
preferring to avoid confrontation 

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Church 'Declining, ' 
'Losing Influence' 

The Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A) is a declining church that 
is losing its influence, several 
theologians indicated at a con- 
sultation to design a mission 
statement for the reunited chur- 
ch, held at Mo-Ranch in Texas 
during February. The comments 
came from members of a panel of 
theologians reflecting on the 
church as a servant church. 

"We are a numerically 
declining, middle-class church," 
said the Rev. Lewis Mudge, dean 
of McCormick Seminary. The 
Rev. Gary Demarest, a Califor- 
nia pastor, echoed his comment 
that the church is in decline. 

Mudge said Presbyterians 
"have failed to catch the 
imaginations of young people and 
upwardly mobile young adults." 
The Rev. Catherine Gonzalez, 
professor at Columbia Seminary, 
said our culture is gradually 
changing from one in which the 
Christian church in general and 
the Presbyterian Church in par- 
ticular have had standing and 
authority to a culture that is in- 
creasingly secular. 

As the world's nations become 
more interdependent and the 
church less powerful, she added, 
Christians throughout the world 
will find that "we need each other 
as Christians very much." 

Mudge charged that "we have 
allowed the educational task of 
the church to remain essentially 
undone." Demarest said there 
appears to be a gap between 
commitments of recent General 

Assemblies to the priority of 
evangelism and subsequent 
priorities reflected in planning 
and budgeting. 

"The reality of this gap must be 
faced and eliminated," he said. 

Mudge made these additional 
observations : 

• The media is our main source 
of information about the world. 

• We lack a general sense of ;n- 
ter-human needs. 

• We understand less .-. id less 
when religious motivation under- 
lies unpopular stands. 

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MARCH, 1985 

Educator, Executive To 
Speak At Men 's Conference 

The theme of the 1985 Synod 
Men's Conference is "Be a Wit- 
ness for Christ," the Synod Men's 
Council has announced. The con- 
ference will be held June 21-23 at 
Lees-McRae College in Banner 

Keynote speaker the first 
evening will be Dr. Dudley Flood, 
associate state superintendent of 
schools. Flood is a graduate of 
N.C. Centra! University, with a 

master's degree from the 
University of North Carolina and 
a doctorate from Duke Univer- 
sity. He has spoken throughout 
the nation. 

Flood is an active Baptist 

The second evening's speaker 
will be Ed Kusel, a retired 
business executive from Hilton 
Head, S C., who will discuss wit- 
nessing in the business world. A 

graduate of the University of 
Akron, Kusel co-founded a firm 
manufacturing ornamental iron 
products that grew to be the 
fourth largest in the world. 

Kusel has served on the session 
of First Presbyterian Church of 
Hilton Head. He is now serving on 
the programs-advancement 
group of the forum of Lees- 
McRae College. 

MacLeod, Other Leaders Call 
For 'Peace Initiative' 

A number of North Carolina 
religious leaders, including 
Synod Executive John D. 
MacLeod Jr., have signed a 
pledge supporting a "Central 
America Peace Alternative," 
which calls for specific changes 
in U.S. policy in several countries 
in the region. Among other 
signers are Bishop John H. 
Adams of the Arican Methodist 
Episcopal Church; Bishop 
William G. Weinhauer of the 
Episcopal Diocese of Western 
North Carolina; the Rev. Collins 
Kilburn, executive director of the 
N.C. Council of Churches; and 
Catharine Vick, president of 
Church Women United. 

The former chancellor of N.C. 
State University, Dr. John T. 
Caldwell, also signed the pledge. 

MacLeod signed as an in- 
dividual, not as a representative 
of the Synod. 

The Alternative calls for "a 
peaceful settlement to the con- 
flicts in Central America reflec- 
ting the principles of respect for 
self-determination, peaceful set- 
tlement of disputes, respect for 
human rights and support for 
democratic development," a 
statement issued by the Carolina 
Intel ith Task Force on Central 
America indicated. 


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Actions proposed by the Alter- 
native would constitute substan- 
tial changes in current U.S. 
policies in the region. Among 
specific changes the Alternative 
recommends in those policies in 
various countries are: 

• Nicaragua: a halt to 
American aid to anti-government 
"Contra" forces; support of the 
Contadora negotiations, a 
diplomatic effort by several 
nations in the region to resolve 
the Nicaraguan conflict. The 
Reagan administration has con- 
tended that Nicaragua's San- 
dinista government is trying to 
impose a Marxist system and 
seeks to disrupt neighboring 
countries; the administration is 
seeking continued aid to the 
"Contras." The U.S. has par- 
ticipated in the Contadora talks. 

• El Salvador: an end to U.S. 
military aid and support of 
negotiations between the gover- 
nment and anti-government 

• Honduras: a dismantling of 
U.S. bases and withdrawal of 
U.S. military personnel. 

• Guatemala: an end to 
military aid and a condemnation 
of "government repression of the 
Indians, trade union members, 
priests and others." 

Ex-N.C. Pastor 

Healy Dies 

The Rev. Walker B. Healy, who 
was pastor of First Church of 
Fayetteville from 1947 to 1957, 
died in Roanoke, Virginia, on 
January 11. He was 73. 

A native of Lynchburg, 
Virginia, Healy graduated from 
Lynchburg College and Union 
Seminary in Virginia and served 
churches in Texas, Arkansas, 
and Virginia in addition to his 
pastorate in Fayetteville. Pastor 
of First Church, Roanoke, for 19 
years, he was moderator to the 
Synod of Virginia in 1965. 

Surviving are his wife, Adrian 
C. Healy; two daughters; a son; a 
brother; and four grandsons. 

Volume LI 

March, 1985 
March Circulation 


No. 3 

Reader Deplores PN 
Coverage Of 'Leftists' 

To the Editor: 

As a member of the Presbyterian Church, I am deeply offen- 
ded by the continual prominent coverage that you are giving lef- 
tist ministers and other church members who support brutal 
Marxist regimes in Central America. In all fairness, differing 
views should be aired in The Presbyterian News, since I frankly 
do not believe that a majority of members of the Presbyterian 
Church support the views of these radicals. 

Instead of their arrogantly presumptuous and dangerously 
foolish "open letter" to soldiers at Fort Bragg, they should, in 
the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, speak against "the failure 
to understand that Communism is irredeemable, that there 
exist no 'better' variants of Communism; that it is incapable of 

R eaders 9 Forum 

growing 'kinder' ; that it cannot survive as an ideology without 
rising terror, and that, consequently, to coexist with Com- 
munism on the same planet is impossible. Either it will spread, 
cancer-like, to destroy mankind, or else mankind will have to rid 
itself of Communism (and even then face lengthy treatment tor 
secondary tumors ) . " 

Required reading for the shallow individuals who praise the 
corrupt Sandinista regime in Nicaragua should be the October 
1984 article in The New Republic by Robert S. Leiken, 
"Disillusion in Nicaragua." The day-to-day horrors of life under 
the Ortega regime are will delineated here. 

It is the moral responsibility of Christians who do not favor 
Marxist governments to speak out, and speak out strongly 
against those who are given such sympathetic coverage in The 
Presbyterian News. 

James. M. Johnson 



Queens Students Act To 
Call Attention To Famine 

Students at Queens College took part in a national "Call to Ac- 
tion on the African Crisis" in February to increase awareness of 
the severe famine plaguing at least 27 African nations. The ac- 
tivity was among "Call to Action" events planned on more than 
200 college campuses nationwide during February, aided by 
Bread for the World, the national Christian citizens' movement 
against hunger. 

Among activities planned at Queens to call attention to the 
Africa crisis was setting up tables for writing collective letters 
to Congress to urge the U.S. government to provide additional 
food, transportation, and long-term developmental aid to 
African nations suffering from the crisis. 

Peter Marshall Leads Havelock 
Series on Christian Growth 

The Rev. Peter J. Marshall taught and preached at Trinity 
Church in Havelock February 17-20. He is the son of the famed 
chaplain of the U.S. Senate in the late 40's, Dr. Peter Marshall, 
and Catherine Marshall LeSourd, author of numerous best- 
selling books. 

His subject was Christian growth and maturity. 

Spiritual Growth Focus Of 
Church Women's Retreat 

More than 50 women attended a two-day session on spiritual 
and personal development as the Women of First Church, 
Greensboro, held their annual retreat February 24-25 at the 
Episcopal Conference Center at Browns Summit. Theme of the 
retreat was "Being or Becoming: The Choice is Yours." 

Dr. Mary T. Burke led the retreat. She is a Roman Catholic 
nun who is chairman of the department of human services at the 
University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The meeting included 
workshops, small-group activities, prayer, music, and worship. 

Women from other churches in the area were invited to par- 


Georgia Presbyterians Mark 
250- Year Witness In 1986 

Savannah Presbytery has announced plans to celebrate 250 
years of Presbyterian witness in Georgia throughout 1986. 

The highlight will be a celebration in Darien, Georgia, on 
January 19, near where the Rev. John McLeod led the first 
Presbyterian worship service in the area on January 19, 1736, on 
the banks of the Altahama River, three years after James 
Oglethorpe landed at Savannah, founding the Georgia colony. 

In addition, the Synod of the Southeast' meeting in September 
1986 will celebrate the 250-year presence of Presbyterians. 

Moderator To Speak At PSCE 
On Reunion's Myths, Facts 

The moderator of the General Assembly, Harriet Nelson, will 
be guest speaker for Sponsors' Day at the Presbyterian School 
of Christian Education on April 26. Her topic will be "Explore 
the Myths, Facts, and Visions of the Reunited Church." 

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. and 
will include small-group sessions, panel discussions, and wor- 

Registration is open to the public and costs $5, which covers 
lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is advised. For fur- 
ther information, call Mable Wimer, (804 ) 359-5031. 

Florida Realigns Former 
Churches' Presbyteries 

Florida has become the second Southern state to realign its 
presbyteries, combining all former presbyteries of the 
Presbyterian Church U.S. and the United Presbyterian Church. 
Tennessee was the first state to complete realignment. 

The new presbyteries are Florida, headquartered in Panama 
City; St. Augustine, Jacksonville; Central Florida, Orlando; 
and Tropical Florida, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. 


MARCH, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

The Varied Life Of 
A Church Bureaucrat 

While the life of some bureaucrats may be static 
or monotonous, my own experiences are quite dif- 
ferent. During the past month, they have ranged 
from conversations with members of Congress to an 
oyster roast on the Carolina coast to the ordination 
of a young man to the Gospel ministry. 

Fayetteville Presbytery met at Brownson 
Memorial Church in Southern Pines. Hal Hyde and 
Fran Phillips are the pastors of that congregation, 
which was most hospitable. This was my sister Mar- 
tha's second meeting as moderator, and both times 
the business moved so that adjournment came 
earlier than expected. Even so, many things were 
considered and significant decisions were made. 

I also attended Orange Presbytery, which met at 
Ernest Myatt Church, Raleigh, where Neil Bain is 
pastor. The church was crowded. The lunch was ex- 
cellent. I was particularly pleased at the tribute to 
Jimmy Jones of Henderson on his retirement for 
health reasons — a great and good man. 

Executive To Move 

The oyster roast came during the meeting of the 
presbytery executives in Wilmington and was held 
at the Wilbur Davis home near Carolina Beach. We 
shared the sense of loss in the projected move of 
Bob Grigsby, presbytery executive, who is leaving 
Wilmington for a similar post in Holston Presbytery 
in northeast Tennessee. 

The ordination service was for Conrad Sharps, 
recent seminary graduate and new pastor at 
Faison. I knew him in Florida and later as intern 
chaplain at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg and 
was complimented at being invited to preach. My 
cousin Jane Thornton, husband Eldon, and family 
are in that church. They were among those who suf- 
fered property damage in the tornadoes last year. 

Another Sunday I attended the 130th anniversary 
of First, Goldsboro — a gala occasion with wonder- 
ful food, bagpiper, and Scottish dancers. To keep 

pace, I wore the kilt. David Jenkins is pastor, but 
the sermon consisted of reminiscences by five of the 
older members, all remarklably good speakers. 

One evening I was invited to a delightful dinner at 
Hugh and Peggy McNeill's of St. Giles Church in 
Raleigh. The occasion was a visit of Pastor Luendu, 
executive of the Presbyterian Church in Zaire. We 
found that we had friends as well as problems and 
opportunities in common. 

Contra Funding Discussed 
Four of us, Episcopal, Presbyterian, two 
Catholics, talked with four members of Congress 
and three legislative aides, particularly regarding 
the proposal for additional funds for the Contras 
fighting in Nicaragua. We carried letters from a 
number of other denominational executives in this 
state. (Methodist Bishop CP. Minnick has just 
returned from Nicaragua with impressions similar 
to what I received nearly two years ago.) As could 
be expected, we met with strong agreement and 
strong disagreement and many questions. In every 
case, we were met with courtesy and a willingness 
to discuss the issue often for a longer interview 
than we had requested. 

Synod's staff cabinet, chaired by Jane Robinette, 
has just completed its semi-annual meeting. A 
highlight was a presentation regarding the World 
Council of Churches. Synod Moderator Sally 
McQueen was named by the General Assembly to a 
special committee investigating this question and 
spoke regarding its work. Kay-Robert Volkwijn, 
new staff person at Orange Presbytery, spoke from 
the European and South African perspective. A fir- 
st-hand view was given by David Lamberth, UNC 
student, who spent several months in Switzerland as 
an intern at World Council headquarters. He is the 
son of Clem Lamberth, Concord presbytery 
executive. The special committee will bring its 
report to the 1986 General Assembly . 


By Dr. Tyrone L. IJurkette 

Examining One's Self — 
And Confessing 

Lent is a period of self-examination, with the 
emphasis on self. It is always easier to see the 
errors of our neighbor and always a demanding 
challenge to see ourselves as we really are. 

I had such an experience during my first year of 
seminary, which was also my first year of 
marriage. I grew not only in mind that first year but 
also in body; I had picked up fifty pounds in less 
than a year. But I thought of myself as a thin person 
— after all, I had been thin all of my life. Then one 
day I noticed my reflection in the doorway of the 
ITC (Interdenominational Theological Center) 
Administration building — I saw this huge object 
that resembled me. It so frightened me that I closed 
my eyes, hoping that when I opened them, the 
object would be gone — or at least in proper 
proportion. I opened my eyes, and it was still there, 
and worst of all, I had to face the reality that it was 
1. 1 was a fat Tyrone with a skinny mind! So I said to 
myself, "What are you going to do about it?" 

It was a year or so before I chose to do something 
about it. I realized that before I could resolve the 
problem I had first to admit I had it. Perhaps by 
now you think the subject is overweight — wrong! 
The subject is open, honest self-examination, with 
an emphasis on confession. 

We like to think of ourselves as kind, generous, 
thoughtful, and loving — but far too often our self- 
perception is a myth, and we close our eyes to who 
we really are. An example of this self-deception 
would be the story of David and Bathsheba found in 
II Samuel, Chapters 11 and 12. David was a good 
man and a mighty leader. He brought stability and 
prosperity to Israel. But these qualities did not 
excuse his adulterous behavior, to which he was 

blind. It was his friend Nathan who showed David 
his real image. Nathan was truly a friend to David 
by being honest and forthright. 

Just as David needed Nathan, we need others to 
help us see ourselves as we really are. We cannot 
afford to trust our self-assessment. It is next to 
impossible to be objective about ourselves ; we need 
the aid of others. 

Part of the meaning of self-examination is 
confession. Confession is always done in the context 
of the Christian community. Generally in worship 
services, there is a prayer of confession that is said 
in unison. Because it is a congregational prayer, it 
is general enough to cover all, for every general 
confession is a general blessing from God, In order 
to experience a specific blessing, however, we must 
be as specific in our confessions as we can stand! 
This is what David did with his friend Nathan. As a 
result, he was released from guilt and chains and 
was able to experience the healing power of God. 

In most instances, it is not appropriate for us to be 
specific in our confessional prayers in a public 
setting. But there are those within the community 
we call the church to whom we can go in confidence 
to share our innermost secrets and pain. Such 
persons are those who have a kind and listening ear. 
To listen — to really listen — as Jesus listened to the 
woman at the well, so intensely that one feels free 
enough to share everything, is a gift indeed. 

Self-examination with the assistance of others is 
our point. Our second point is: we may have 
occasions to assist others in their self-examination. 
When we do, all we need do is LISTEN! As we listen, 
the spirit and healing power of God is at work. For 
where there are two gathered in the name of Christ, 
Christ will be in the midst. 


The Church 

About Abortion 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 


This article is prompted by the discussion on an overture that was 
introduced at the February meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery. The 
overture was the Presbytery's response to a "Policy Statement" that 
was adopted by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) at its meeting in 1983 and was sent to the churches for "careful 
study and response" by the 1984 General Assembly. The "Policy 
Statement" included, among other matters, "Theological Reflections 
on Contraception and Abortion." The overture from Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to the General Assembly that will meet in 1985 is to allow 
another year of opportunity for the churches to "study and respond . . . 
with a view toward reformulation of the church's position." The 
introduction to the overture included: "It is obvious . . . that the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is not satisfied with the 1983 'Policy 
Statement.' " 

In the discussion of the overture, it became evident that some 
members of the Mecklenburg Presbytery believed that the 
reformulation of the church's position should take place then and there 
at the Presbytery's February meeting and not wait for the study and 
response from the churches. It also became evident from the discussion 
that it would not be possible, within the time limits of this meeting, to 
agree on the exact wording of such a reformulation. Certainly this 
article in The Presbyterian News will not attempt to suggest exact 
wording for the proposed reformulation. What this article will attempt, 
however, is to look at the larger question of how the church as a church 
speaks to anything. 


Some would say that the church's sole mission is evangelism, by 
which they mean winning people one by one to declare their acceptance 
of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. As they understand the church's 
mission, it does not include making policy statements on abortion or 
anything else. Many of us would agree that it is possible for the church 
to overdo the matter of making "Policy Statements" on everything that 
comes along. However, many of us, including the writer of this article, 
believe that such a view of what evangelism is unduly limits scriptural 
understanding of evangelism. We believe that the mission of the church 
as it speaks of sin and salvation is to speak to life in community (social) 
as well as to life as isolated individuals..As one of our great theologians 
expressed it: "We believe that we must be concerned not only . . . with 
individuals but with the structure of the human community . . . We do 
not believe that individual goodness automatically solves any issue of 
social justice." 


Again, as we consider how the church speaks, we must be aware of 
our dependence on guidance from the Scriptures "illuminated by the 
Spirit of God" (Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter I, No. 5). 
Every member of Mecklenburg Presbytery was agreed on that. It was 
not that some were trying to depart from the guidance of the Scriptures. 
But "all things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike 
clear unto all . . ." (ibid., Chapter 1, No. 7). And against the temptation 
that appeared in that discussion to use isolated words of Scripture taken 
out of context, and made to say things that the Scriptures taken as a 
whole do not say, we have this direction from our Confession: "The 
infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself" 
(ibid., Chapter I, No. 9). 


The only other matter coming out of the discussion at the February 
meeting of Mecklenburg Presbytery and for which there will be room in 
this article grew out of a sense of need that we not speak in judgment 
without also speaking of grace. It would be fair to say that everyone 
taking part in that discussion would have agreed that abortion is always 
a tragic thing for everyone involved. Yet even with such agreement, it 
was evident that it would be difficult to word a statement with which 
everyone present could be in agreement that it bore faithful witness 
both to God's judgment and to God's grace. 

Book Traces History Of 
Central Steele Creek Church 

Synod's Historical Library has 
just received a copy of A History 
of Central Steele Creek Presby- 
terian Church by Linda Lawless 
Blackwelder. The church was 
founded in 1793 by the Associate 
Reformed Presbyterian Church 
and continued this connection 
into the early part of this 
century, since which time it 
has been a member of Meck- 

lenburg Presbytery. There is a 
richness of detail, good docu- 
mentation, and the inclusion of 
many names, which will make it 
particularly valuable for 

Copies may De obtained for $1( 
from the church on York Road 
not to be confused with Steeh 
Creek on Steele Creek Road. 

Montreat Development Office Successful 

Montreat's new development 
office completed its first year 
with gift receipts totaling 

$160,000, announced the director 
of development, Dr. Maynard 



MARCH, 1985 

Ambitious Five-Night Miniseries Portrays How Early 
Church Grew In Turbulent lst-Century Roman Empire 

How the Christian church grew 
in the years following the 
Resurrection will be portrayed in 
A.D., an ambitious, 12-hour 
miniseries on NBC television 
covering the years A.D. 30-69, 
when Romans, Jews, and 
Christians were caught in a world 
convulsed by social, political, 
cultural, and religious change. 

The five-night drama blends 
historical characters and events 
with fictional stories to convey 
the spiritual revolution that 
resulted when a new sect 
emerged from Judaism: the 
Nazarenes, later called 
Christians. Biblical characters 
portrayed include Peter, Paul, 
Stephen, Gamaliel (the Jewish 
teacher of Paul ), and others . 

A.D. will begin the night of 
Palm Sunday, March 31, and run 
nightly through Thursday, April 
4; the opening and concluding 
episodes will each be three hours, 
while the other three will be two 
hours each. 

Among the distinguished cast 
in this production are Anthony 
Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava 
Gardner, John Houseman, James 
Mason, Jennifer O'Neill, Richard 
Roundtree, Susan Sarandon, Ben 
Vereen, and Jack Warden. The 
screenplay is by Vincenzo 
Labella and Anthony Burgess. 

The story focuses on people 
who are forced to respond to the 
dramatic social, political, and 

especially religious changes oc- 
curring during this time of tur- 
moil, when the order brought 
about by the mighty Roman em- 
pire was collapsing amid a suc- 
cession of power-hungry em- 
perors and widespread political 
corruption. The production 

illustrates particularly the 
struggle withing the Jewish and 
Christian communities with the 
question of what is their proper 
role in the world. 


A major motif of A.D. is the 
relationship between Judaism 
and Christianity in the first cen- 
tury. The Christians represented 
a challenge to Jewish traditions, 
but the two faiths also shared a 
common history and heritage. 
Both struggled to maintain their 
identity in the face of oppresive 
Roman rule. Both had to contend 
with competing religions, cults, 
and philosophies that emerged 

Film Shows Evangelistic 
Work In Southeast Asia 

The Good News of salvation 
continues to reach into the hearts 
of men and women everywhere, 
but especially so in the vast and 
colorful region known as 
Southeast Asia. This is the theme 
of a new 20-minute film, Open for 
All, made available by the 
American Bible Society. The film 
is about people scattered 
throughout this area of the globe 
whose lives were changed 
profoundly by the Gospel. 

There is young Angama, who 
possesses little of this world's 
goods and whose days are spent 
in the monotonous task of tapping 
the rubber trees in a remote 
Malaysian plantation. In con- 
trast, Joppy Galazo helps run a 

luxurious hotel in downtown 
Manila, more than a thousand 
miles away. 

Neither knows of the other, and 
yet their lives are linked inex- 
tricably by a single bond, their 
love of the Lord. It was not 
always so. Scriptures from the 
Bible Society, in their own 
language, were the "tools for 
evangelism." These tools helped 
Angama and Joppy to find a real 
sense of meaning in their lives, 
just as they are doing for tens of 
thousands of other men, women, 
and young people in Asia. 

Open for All is available on a 
freewill-offering basis by writing 
to American Bible Society, Film 
Department, 1865 Broadway, 
New York, N.Y. 10023. 

throughout the empire. 

Another major theme in A.D. is 
the clash of generations as 
traditional parents reacted 
strongly to the religious, 
political, and vocational choices 
of their children. One such case 
depicted is the relationship bet- 
ween Paul and his father. 

In tracing the growth of the 
Christian church during these 
years, the miniseries follows 
events in the lives of the first 
believers from the appearances 
of the risen Jesus Christ through 
the experience of Pentecost, the 
growth of the community in 
Jerusalem, and the spread of the 
good news to Jews and Gentiles 
throughout the Roman world. 
Believers saw themselves as the 
avatars of a new age as, 
propelled by the Holy Spirit, they 
proclaimed a startling message 
of love, peace, and hope in the 
face of suffering, violence, and 

Intertwined with the stories of 

Book Explains 
Church's Creeds 

A guide to Presbyterian Creeds 
published in January by the 
Westminister Press explains the 
doctrinal beliefs that give 
Presbyterianism a distinctive 
identity. Written by Jack Rogers, 
the book is subtitled A Guide to 
the Book of Confessions. Rogers 
is a Presbyterian minister and a 
member of the General Assem- 
bly's committee preparing a 
brief statement of Reformed 

"In clear, direct language 
Rogers explains technical terms 
and places current issues in per- 
spective by examining the 
meaning and role of creeds and 
confessions in history," the 
publisher said. Rogers examines 
each creed in the Book of Con- 
fessions, explaining the historical 
background, discussing impor- 
tant people in their formulation, 
and considering the creeds' con- 
temporary relevance. 

Westminster Press is a 
publishing house of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 
The book, published in paper- 
back, costs $8.95 and can be or- 
dered from the publisher at 925 
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 
Pa. 19107. 

— Conferences, Meetings, Workshops — 

A seminar on local church 
history will offer help to people 
interested in writing their con- 
gregation's history, May 6-10 in 
Montreat. Sponsored by the 
Historical Foundation, the 
meeting will concentrate on 
aiding historians working on a 
publication or commemorative 
celebration, and historians 
writing annual historical reports 
for the Foundation's Local 
Church History program. 

Faculty includes the Rev. 
Flynn V. Long, former associate 
stated clerk of the General 
Assembly and now a Texas 
pastor; Dr. Spencer C. Murray, 
Louisiana minister; Dr. Nancy S. 
Midgette, associate editor of the 
Georgia Historical Quarterly; 
and Joel L. Alvis, Dr. Jerrold L. 
Brooks, and Robert Benedetto of 

the Foundation. 

For more information, contact 
the Seminar Director, Historical 
Foundation, P.O. Box 847, Mon- 
treat 28757. 


The Region IV convention of 
the American Guild of Organists 
will take place at the Adam's 
Mark Hotel in Charlotte July 15- 

Luigi Tagliavini will give a 
recital and three workshops on 
Italian and Spanish organ music 
and Italian influences on Bach. In 
addition, William Gudger will 
discuss Handel and perform his 
work; John Chappell Stowe, Max 
Smith, and Bess Hieronymus will 
present recitals. 

The Choir of Men and Boys 
from the Royal School of Church 
Music Training Course in Char- 

leston and the York County 
Choral Society will perform 
William Albright's "A Song of 

Other workshops will cover 
baroque choral techniques, hand- 
bells, professional concerts, 
organ pedagogy, and children in 
church music. 

To register, write Mrs. 
Winifred B. McKellar, 6112 
Candlewood Drive, Charlotte, 
N.C. 28210. 

The fourth annual Conference 
for Women in Ministry, for 
women who understand their 
lives or work as ministry, will be 
held May 12-14 at Camp Ashbura 
Acres, near Yadkinville. 

The conference will feature Dr. 
Phyllis Trible, professor at Union 
Continued On Page Ten 

Philip Sayer as Paul 

historical characters are the 
stories of Caleb, a Jewish Zealot 
who becomes a gladiator in 

Rome; his sister, Sarah, who is 
sent to Rome as a slave and 
marries a Roman; Valerius, a 
soldier in the emperor's service 
who converts to Christianity; 
Corinna, an influential senator's 
daughter who marries a Jew. 

Among emperors portrayed 
are Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, 
and Nero. 

Neither the Jews nor the 
Christians fit into the Roman 
scheme, and eventually the two 
groups were labeled "super- 
stitious" by the emperors and 
were subject to persecution. 
During this trying period, 
believers of both faiths were for- 
ced to clarify their own values 
and reconsider their feelings 
toward each other. 

A.D. challenges television 
viewers to do the same. 



Tar Heels 
Fight Hunger 

What do the hunger-action enablers in North Carolina, the Taipei 
Women's Development Center in Taiwan, the Sea Island Farmer's 
Cooperative in Ravenel, South Carolina, and the relief efforts provided 
for tornado victims in Robeson County last March have in common? All 
the above received at least a part of the income for their efforts last 

A Joint Presbyterian Venture 

The hunger-action program in North Carolina is a cooperative 
venture of the Synod of North Carolina and the Synod of the Piedmont. 
In 1977 the Synods agreed that hunger and malnutrition were serious 
problems in our state, and began this joint work by establishing a 
committee that had an equal number of members from what were then 
two different denominations. The Joint Hunger Committee has gone 
through many changes since that time, not the least of which is that we 
now are all members of the same Presbyterian Church (USA). We still 
represent two different synods and ten different presbyteries, but 
operate as one group committed to alleviating the problem of hunger at 
home and overseas. 

In 1981 the committee began employing hunger-action enablers to 
work across presbytery lines of the two former denominations. We now 
have five enablers employed by the committee and one who works as a 
volunteer. The work these enablers have accomplished is an inspiring 
and encouraging story. Last year Presbyterians in North Carolina 
contributed more than three hundred thousand dollars through their 
presbyteries' "Pennies For Hunger," "2t-a-meal," "Presbyterian 
Answer To Hunger," or other similar programs. In most cases, these 
programs were begun only after a hunger-action enabler was employed 
to provide direction, encouragement, and staff assistance. 

Because of these programs, presbyteries were able to help fund soup 
kitchens, crisis centers, food banks and pantries, meals-on-wheels pro- 
grams, Bread For the World seminars, and other efforts designed to 
meet the needs of poor and hungry persons. The enablers were also able 
to help meet the need for information when the public became aware of 
the famine in Africa, so that many thousands of dollars were given 
through local churches to meet this continuing crisis. 

Other Programs 

Money and direct relief are not the total picture, of course. Nutrition 
programs, simplified life-style workshops, and the salvation of the 
family farm as a viable food-producing unit are all important parts of 
the Hunger Program of our denomination. In North Carolina, there are 
more than a million people below the poverty level established by the 
federal government, and that number is increasing rather than 
decreasing every year. Most of the poor are either over 65 or under 12 
and live in rural rather than urban areas. Clearly, there remains a 
great deal of work for our churches and presbyteries to accomplish. 

What we have done so far should be a great source of pride to us, even 
though we know there is much more that could be done. As one who 
works as Synod staff to the Joint Hunger Committee, I am pleased that 
we have the One Great Hour of Sharing to help us finance our program 
here in North Carolina and other equally worthy projects around the 
world. Your contribution to this special offering during the 
Lenten/Easter Season will help insure that the work continues. 

MARCH, 1985 



'News Bits " 

All members of Presbyterian 
Churches in The Synod of North 
Carolina may receive "The 
Presbytery News." Send an 
updated membership list. 

Camp Albemarle is in need of a 
piano. Call Presbytery Office 
(752-7156) or the Rev. Bob Mc- 
Cully (827-5054) if you have one to 

"Peace is not the absence of 
war, but the presence of justice," 
said Dr. Allan A. Boesak 

A Whitewater Rafting Trip for 
Senior Highs has been added to 
the 1985 camp schedule. Campers 
will spend two full days rafting on 
the New River beginning at 
Thurmond, WV, conducted by 
Whitewater Expeditions 
Unlimited. Dates are August 1-4; 
cost is approximately $200.00. 

For more information, contact 
Grady Moseley at First Church, 
New Bern. This camp and others 
for the summer of 1985 are 
described in a brochure entitled 
"Coastal Presbytery Camps." 

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1 he Albemarle Fres 



March, 1985 

College students and campus ministers at Camp Caraway 

College Students Gathered 

Seventy-six college students 
and 11 campus ministers from all 
over the state gathered Feb. 15-17 
at Camp Caraway, near 
Asheboro, for the Fourth Annual 
N.C. State Student Conference. 
The program for the 2V2 day 
event revolved around the theme, 
"Charting Your Voyage: A Jour- 
ney in Faith." 

The Dogwood Chapter of the 
Covenant players set the mood 
for the retreat with several in- 
spiring sketches about a traveller 
looking for "the right way." 
Saturday was filled with 
workshops about finding resour- 
ces for personal growth, building 
relationships, and exploring 
issues such as "Death and 
Dying" and "Language About the 
Faith." Each campus showed its 
true colors by participating in the 
evening entertainment, a series 
of skits in the style of "Saturday 
Night Live." 

An uplifting worship service 
prepared the students for their 
trip home. Contemporary music 
was performed by the students of 
Appalachian State University, 
and the sermon was delivered by 
Tyrone Burkette, Staff Associate 
for Synod Ministries . 

Five students attended from 
East Carolina University, and 

two went from Atlantic Christian 
College in Wilson. The conference 
is designed by students and cam- 
pus ministers, and is sponsored 
by Presbyterian and United 
Methodist Campus Ministries. 
Planning is already underway for 
next year's retreat. For more in- 
formation about Presbyterian 
Campus Christian Life at ECU, 
contact the Rev. Michelle Bur- 
cher, 501 E. Fifth St., Greenville, 
N.C. 27834. 

To Grow! 

Membership in the churches of 
Albemarle Presbytery is up to 
9,547 members, a net increase of 
190 for 1984 over 1983. The in- 
crease came from two newly 
organized churches in addition to 
twenty-five other churches who 
reported increases. 

For the fourth year in a row 
Albemarle Presbytery has shown 
a net increase in membership. 
Recent emphasis on evangelism 
along with the organizing of new 
churches are seen as factors con- 
tributing to the increase. 

Senior Highs 
Hold Retreat 

Senior Highs from all over the 
state will meet together April 19- 
21 at the beach. The Synod's 
Youth Council has planned this 
weekend at Ft. Caswell, South- 
port, N.C. with the theme of 
HOPE: Hope Offers Power and 
Encouragement. Registrations 
must be in by April 8. 

Albemarle Presbytery is 
providing a bus which will leave 
Greenville at 3:00 p.m. on 
Friday, the 19th, for all who wish 
to go together. For more infor- 
mation call the Presbytery Office 
or the Rev. Bruce Ford (749- 

Special guests include the 
following: Paul Ransford who 
will give the Keynote, John Paul 
Walters who will give a concert 
and George Carpenter who will 
lead worship. 

Brethren House Ministries 
To Hold "Learning Fair" 

A Learning Fair conducted by 
Brethren House Ministries which 
is scheduled to be held at the First 
Presbyterian Church of Golds- 
boro, 1101 East Ash Blvd., on Sat- 
urday, April 13th, from 9:00 a.m. 
to 4:00 p.m., is intended for all 
teachers. Sunday School 
teachers, pastors, directors of 
Christian Education, Vacation 
Bible School staff members, 
WOC Circle Bible leaders, and all 
Christians seeking exciting and 
innovative ways of teaching the 
Bible are especially encouraged 

Calendar of Events 

( All meetings at Presbytery Office unless stated otherwise) . 

26 6:00 p.m. Personnel Comm., Williamston 
26 6 : 00 p. m . Executive Committee 
28 6:00 p.m. Christian Education Committee 
29 10:00 a.m. Presbytery Staff Meeting 


1 Council Meeting 

5 Presbytery Packet mailed 

8 Presbytery Office closed 

13 9:00 a.m. Learning Fair Workshop, Goldsboro 
19 10:00 a.m. Committees on Representation, Raleigh 
19-21 Synod Senior High Retreat, Ft. Caswell 

20 10:00 a.m. Albemarle/Camp Fear Presbyteries, Wilson First 
22 10 : 00 a . m . Presbytery Staff Meeting 
25 Presbyterial, Wilson First 

to participate. 

Brethren House Ministries, a 
nationally recognized 
organization, based in St. Peter- 
sburg, Florida, brings to its 
workshops a large array of 
teaching aids as well as valuable 
suggestions for teaching 
children, young people, and 
adults. There will be many oppor- 
tunities for "hands on learning" 
throughout the course of the day. 
The program will include a mor- 
ning and an afternoon session. 
There will be specific helps for 
those who teach in a traditional 
classroom and for those who em- 
ploy a learning center approach 
to education. Volunteer teachers 
will learn to design creative ways 
of teaching the Bible effectively 
to their students. 

The Learning Fair is co- 
sponsored by Albemarle 
Presbytery and the Christian 
Church (Disciples of Christ). The 
one day event has set a pre- 
registration deadline fee of $6.00 
per person for those who sign up 
prior to March 30th. This includes 
lunch. The cost of registering at 
the workshop will be $10.00. 
Brochures and registration 
materials are available from 
your local pastors and clerks of 
session, or from Steve Asch- 
mann, P.O. Box 3184, Wilson, 
North Carolina, 27895-3184. 

U.P. & U.S. Presbyteries 
Will Meet Together 

Cape Fear Presbytery (for- 
merly UP) and Albemarle 
Presbytery (formerly US) will 
both meet at Wilson First Chur- 
ch, April 20th. 

Each Presbytery will have 


The Hunger Task Force/Sub- 
committee has made available 
"2* Per Meal" stickers for chur- 
ches to use in their hunger 
programs. They may be obtained 
from the Presbytery office. 

The following guidelines for the 
Hunger Task Force/Subcommit- 
tee were approved at the January 
meeting of Presbytery: 

L Any designated gifts from 
individuals or churches for the 
Hunger Program will be tran- 
smitted by Presbytery to the 
cause for which they were given. 

2. Gifts to the Hunger Program 
may be designated by the local 

separate business sessions. They 
will come together for a joint ser- 
vice of worship. 

A highlight of this historic 
meeting will be a catered bar- 
becue and fried chicken lunch. 

churches for local and com- 
munity programs. 

3. Undesignated gifts to the 
Hunger Program will be 
allocated as follows: 50 percent 
General Assembly, 50 percent 
Joint Task Force/Subcommittee. 

SOS Projects Requested 

The Specialized Ministries 
Committee has submitted three 
requests for Special Opportunity 
for Support projects. 

These are "over-and-above" 
projects needing funding. If your 
congregation, church school 
class, circle or other groups or 
individuals wish to choose one 
contact the Presbytery Office. (A 
more complete list of oppor- 
tunities is available. ) 

1. Expenses for one Central 
American refugee to itinerate in 
Albemarle Presbytery during 
Witness Season. Total $500.00. 

2. Expenses for the Presbytery 
Advocate in Mission to attend the 
Montreat Global Mission Con- 
ference. Total $275.00. 

3. Two scholarships ($225.00 
each) to the National 
Peacemaking Conference in 
Washington, D C. Total $450.00. 

The Resource Corner" 

Your Resource Center is located in the Presbytery's office at 
2000 E. Greenville Blvd. in Greenville. Philip Gladden is the 
Resource Coordinator and is in the Center on Thursdays from 
9:30-5:30 p.m. Call him at 752-7156 or 446-9121 if you need 
suggestions for resources. He is also available for workshops at 
the Center or in your local church. Several churches have 
participated in such workshops and use of the Center has in- 

Come and check out the resources in your Resource Center! 
Books, kits, games, and audio-visual materials are available for 
pastors, teachers, Bible moderators and everyone else. The Re- 
source Center houses twenty categories of interest, current 
periodicals, contemporary CE:SA curricula, and an ever 
increasing cassette tape and filmstrip library. Coming soon is 
an improved Bible library. 

1985 Vacation Bible School Exam Kits available for check-out. 



MARCH, 1985 

WOC To Study New Plan 

The Women of the Church An- 
nual Meeting will take place on 
Saturday, March 30, 1985. at the 
Concord Presbyterian Church 
(Loray Community), Statesville. 
N.C. Registration begins at 9:30 
a.m. and the meeting will end at 
3:00 p.m. The cost of lunch tickets 
will be $3.00 per person, and the 
deadline for reservations is Mar- 
ch 21. 

The meeting will be different 
than most meetings. In addition 
to the business session. Cathy 
(Mrs. Silas) Vaughn of Montreat 
and presently Chairperson of the 
Synod Ministry Group on Women, 
will present the proposed new 
plan for Women's work in the 
reunited church. This plan has 
come to us from the joint working 
team. After many hours of work 
which included receiving infor- 
mation from many WOC organ- 
izations and individuals, the team 

has developed a plan that will 
combine the WOC with the UPW 
(United Presbyterian Women) 
into one organization. The team 
now presents their proposal to all 
the women and are asking for 
their reaction both positive and 
negative. Once these reactions 
are received, the plan will be 
altered accordingly and then 
submitted to the General Assem- 
bly for final approval. 

"This is an excellent oppor- 
tunity for women from all over 
our presbytery to have a voice in 
what the new women's 
organization will be like," said 
Marcella Church. President of 
the Women of the Church of the 
Presbytery of Concord. Once the 
play has been presented, women 
will have the opportunity to 
reflect upon it and ask questions 
of Mrs. Vaughn. 

CWP Retreat Sets Events 

The Presbytery s Committee 
on Women held a planning 
meeting March 1-2 at Montreat. 

A special guest. Mrs. Cathy 
Vaughn, presented the New 
Design (a plan for unification of 
the WOC and UPW). 

The committee reviewed the 
preliminary design and offered 
suggested revisions and in- 
clusions in several areas. The 
New Design will be presented at 
the Annual Meeting. March 30. at 
Concord Presbyterian Church. 
Loray. which is located outside 
Statesville. All women are urged 
to attend this meeting so they can 
participate in discussion, ask 
questions and get a better under- 
standing of the plan. The revised 
plan will then be presented at the 
Montreat Women's Conference 
and the UPW National Meeting at 

Purdue this summer. 

In addition to the New Design, 
committee members continued 
plans on the Annual Meeting: the 
Spiritual Life Retreat, August 3- 
4: the Fall Learning Event, Sep- 
tember 21: and a Social Issues 
Seminar planned for November 
2. Special attention was directed 
toward the Scholarship Fund. A 
Scholarship sub-committee was 
formed to investigate ways to in- 
crease the WOC Scholarship en- 
dowment. The number of 
scholarship applicants is in- 
creasing each year and there are 
insufficient funds to award 
needed scholarships. 

The committee's work agenda 
for the weekend was successfully 
accomplished. There was even 
some time late Friday night for a 
spirited game of Trivial Pursuit. 

THE PLANNING MEETING: First row: Doris Brown, Walter Smith, 
Marcella Church, Mary Lew Barker. Standing: Jim McPherson, 
Margaret Miller, Elison Whitlock, Marjorie Unrath, Peggy Shuler, 
Celeste Mason, and Camilla Dick. 

Senior High Rally Set 

The Making of Peacemakers is 
the theme of the Senior High 
Spring Rally to be held Saturday- 
Sunday, April 13-14, 1985, at 
Camp Grier in Old Fort, N.C. The 
purpose of the event will be to 
heighten youth awareness of the 
need for the peace of God in all 
aspects of life. More specifically, 
youth and adult advsiors will 
become familiar with the Biblical 
jasis for peace, explore what it 
neans to have both personal and 
world peace and discover the 
3 resbyterian position on peice 

The leader for the event is the 
*ev. James O. Watkins, Jr. who 
s the Associate Director for the 
'resbyterian Peacemaking 
Program for the General Assem- 
bly of the Presbyterian Church 
U.S.A. ) . Dr. Watkins is a former 

infantry officer in the U.S. Army 
and a member of the Georgia 
Tech Athletic Hall of Fame for 
excellence in track. He attended 
Columbia Seminary where he 
earned an Doctor of Ministry 
degree and has served as pastor 
and associate pastor in two 
Presbyterian churches in 

In addition to the presentations 
on peace the Youth Council will 
be doing something new at this 
retreat. As part of the entertain- 
ment they will be hosting a talent 
show. Individuals and church 
groups may sign up at the retreat 
to be part of the show. 

Each church may send up to 
seven people to the event, one of 
whom must be an adult advisor. 
Brochures and registrations have 
been sent to all churches. 

The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII, Number 3 Sally McQueen, Editor March, 1985 

Churches Hear Of Ethiopian Crisis 

The starvation crisis took on 
stark reality as Dr. Solomon 
Gidada visited churches and 
spoke to many groups throughout 
the presbytery during the week of 
February 23 - March 3. Sponsored 
by the Joint Committee on 
Hunger of Concord and Yadkin 
presbyteries, Dr. Gidada came to 
North Carolina following con- 
ferences with representatives of 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) in Texas and Atlanta, 
Georgia. He will return to his 
home in Addis Ababa in March 
where he serves as Director of 
Development of the Ethiopian 
Evangelical McKane Yesus 

Interpreting the word 
"koinonia" in practical terms as 
sharing to the point of sacrifice. 
Dr. Gidada urged his hearers to 
accept responsibilities of 
reaching out to other Christians 
wherever they may be to make 
their lives more liveable and to 
share Christ with them as the 



This past year the Presbytery 
of Concord has been fortunate to 
have in its presence Brad and 
Laura Long who are serving as 
Missionaries-in-Residence. Dur- 
ing the year they have been to 
numerous churches advocating 
support for International 
Missions. However, they will be 
leaving in June and so we are left 
with the question of how can we 
continue to support international 
missions on a more creative and 
effective basis. 

The Witness Committee has 
asked Brad and Laura to help 
form a network of lay people in 
local congregations who have ain 
interest in and a desire to 
promote international missions. 
To help achieve this, there will be 
a training event on April 19-20 at 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Winston-Salem. Each congrega- 
tion has been sent material to 
nominate a person from their 
midst to attend this event. These 
is a limit of 40 participants. These 
advocates will be trained for an 
dhave the following respon- 
sibilities: to make a commitment 
to pray for the mission of the 
church and those involved in 
missions ; to encourage others in 
the church to also pray for 
missions ; to keep inormed of the 
work and special needs of certain 
missionaries, or a particular 
country; to be an advocate for 
those needs in "the Witness Com- 
mittee and to the Session and The 
Board of Deacons of the Church; 
to know our church's procedures 
for receiving gifts; to encourage 

those who desire to enter into 
missionary service and know the 
procedures for becoming a 
missionary ; to be a mission in- 
formation contact person bet- 
ween the church and the 
Presbytery, Synod, and General 
Assembly; and to seek ways of 
preparing yourself to share in 
fulfilling Christ's great mission. 

Dr. Solomon Gidada 

bread of life. "The western world 
is in a feast," he said, "while the 
other part of the family suffers 
from hunger and disease." He 
challenged his audience to act in 
the real spirit of koinonia, not 

simply giving a few coins but 
giving up a meal, not dedicated to 
building up a big bank account 
but slicing the loaf to share with 
the rest of the family. 

Warning against the danger of 
forgetting, he pointed out that 
when the media tires of the 
Ethiopian crisis and goes on to 
another emphasis, Christians 
must remember that the extreme 
need will exist for many years 
and members of the Christian 
family must continue to en- 
courage the long, slow process of 
building a new order where op- 
pression and injustice do not rule. 

In reply to the question most of- 
ten asked, "Is the food getting 
there?" he answered, "If you are 
giving through your church, you 
can be comfortable about the 
food getting there." 

The EEMY Church sponsors 
the agricultural school which is 
receiving "2' A Meal" grant 
money. Three Presbyterian 
missionaries labor at the school. 

Historic Waldensian Church 

Waldensian Church Selected 
For Historic Places Register 

The Waldensian Presbyterian 
Church building in Valdese has 
been added to the National 
Register of Historic Places. To 
qualify, a building must be at 
least fifty years old, be located on 
its original site and be of 
unaltered condition. It must also 
be of an architectural style 
associated with broad patterns of 
history or with a famous person. 
The church was one of eight sites 
nominated for inclusion by 



19 Committee on Ministry 

11 a.m. -5 p.m. 
30 Annual Meeting WOC 

9:30 a.m., Concord 

Presbyterian Church 

Statesville, N.C. 


4 Candidates Committee 
13-14 Youth Rally -Ca mp Grier 
16 Stated Meeting of 
Presbytery, First 
Presbyterian Church, 
Lexington, N.C. 

preservationist Randy Cotton. 
National Register status protects 
a propery from destruction. 

Built by the original colonists 
from native materials, the struc- 
ture is one of the finest examples 
of Romanesque architecture in 
the United States. It closely 
resembles many of the 16th and 
17th century churches in the 
Waldensian Valleys of Italy's 
Cottian Alps from which the 
Waldenses came in 1893, standing 
as a symbol of the perserversan- 
ce of those who built the town that 
came to be known as Valdese. 

Close ties have always been 
kept with the mother church in 
Italy and members of both 
congregations have paid several 
visits to each other. Dr. Paul 
Felker is the current pastor and 
the Rev. Jack Parse is associate 

Margaret Montgomery of the 
Atlanta Refugee Resettlement 
Office will lead a Workshop in 
Greensboro on April 15 and 
speak to the Presbytery of 
Concord on Spril 16. She is 
available to speak on Sunday, 
April 14. Call 404/873-1531, ex- 
tension 450. 

MARCH, 1985 



Orientation Workshop 

An annual all-division orientation was held on January 19, at High- 
land Church, Fayetteville. Chairpersons who represented each major 
division in Presbytery presented brief resumes in order to orient new 
members as to responsibilities and policies of each committee within 
Presbytery. Sixty persons attended this informative meeting. 

ORIENTATION WORKSHOP IN JANUARY — Standing left to right, 
L. Hobby, M. dePrater, J. Mills, H. Joyner, W W. Hatcher, J. Robinson, 
H. Kirby. 

MEETING OF THE MINDS — Harvey Joyner, left, confers with 
W W. Hatcher, Executive Presbyter, at orientation. 

ORIENTATION PARTICIPANTS: Background, left to right: Myrna 
McKinney, Stewart Ellis, Charles Wright. Front, Fran Phillips. 

Resource Center Materials 

1. Vacation Church School 
Examination Kits Available: 

1. God's People Pray, Augs- 
burg, 1985. 

2. "God's People: Empowered 
By Love" Vacation Ventures 
Series, 1985. 

II. Confirmation 

Turnage, Mac N. and Anne 
Shaw. Explorations into Faith. 
(Leader's Guide and student 
journal). Audio- Visual: "A 
Family Portrait: We the Pres- 

III. Women of the Church, Bir- 
thday Objective '85 filmstrips 
available - contact Mickey 
dePrater at Presbytery Office 
(484-6106) to schedule filmstrips. 
Filmstrips-WOC Birthday Ob- 
jective '85. 

1. Up Golden Creek 

2. Timely Gifts. 

Women of the Church Birthday 
Objective packets will be mailed 
to the local church offices. Check 
with your local pastor for in- 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Camp Monroe 
Summer Program 

New Biscoe 

Resident Camp: 

SESSION I-July 1-6 
SESSION II-July 8-13 
SESSION Hi-July 15-20 
SESSION IV— July 22-27 
SESSION V— July 29-Aug. 3 

Adventure Camp: 

ADVENTURE I-July 1-13 
ADVENTURE II-July 22-Aug. 3 

July 6-13 


Resident Camp-$90 
Adventure Camp-$200 
Senior High Conf erence-$100 . 

Brochures are available. Contact Presbyery Office for copies. Fayet- 
teville Presbytery and Camp Monroe offer many opportunities for 
children and youth to grow in their Christian faith. Such opportunities 
include: Bible Study, crafts, recreation, swimming, that are vital parts 
of the camping experience. Adventure I will be a trip to the mountains 
and Adventure II will be a canoe trip. Churches, please make plans to 
send your young people to Camp Monroe! 

Lay Preaching Workshop 

Twenty four (24) participants 
were recently involved in a Lay 
Preaching Workshop lead by Dr. 
Ben Lacy Rose at the Fayette- 
ville Presbytery Center on 
March 2 and 3. The workshop 
included a 33 page syllabus, the 
presentation and evaluation of 
two (2) lay preacher's sermons, 
and a sermon by Dr. Rose on 
Sunday at Peace Presbyterian 
Church. The comments of one 
participant summarize the 
general evaluation by all: "Not 

only was the workshop very 
helpful in planning and giving 
sermons, it was also spiritually 
uplifting. I feel like I've been in a 
week's revival!" 

This was the fourth in a series 
of Lay Leadership Development 
events coordinated by the 
Reverend Harvey Joyner, 
Adjunct Staff Associate to 
Presbytery. The next Lay 
Leadership workshop is 
projected for sometime this fall. 

- The Reverend Robert L. Hare, 
Jr. begins his duties March 10 as 
the pastor of Biscoe Presbyterian 


Informational Notices 

Women In Ministry . . . 
Women in ministry ordained or 
non-ordained, can receive a $25 
grant-in-aid to attend N.C. 
Women in Ministry Conference in 
May, 1985. Ten grants available 
from the Pastoral Care Sub-Com- 
mittee of the Committee on 
Ministry. Contact David Sutton 
or Wylie Smith. 

Camp Monroe . . . 
Summer counselors needed, 
volunteer counselors needed. 
Contact Jack Mills, Fayetteville, 
484-6106 for details. 

Women Of The 
Church News 
16 WOC presidents along with 
12 Christian Community Action 
chairpersons met February 23, 
with Mrs. Linda McLester and 
Mrs. Grace Lingerfeldt at White 
Hill Church. Mrs. Ruth Hatcher 
presented material for Women of 
the Church Birthday Objective 

Workshop for Ministers 
April 14-16, 1985 
Co-sponsored by Pastoral Care 
Sub-Committee and the 
Peacemaking Task Force. 
Leader Angus McGregor, As- 
sociate Executive Presbyter 
Presbytery of Mission in Texas. 
Watch for further details. 

Camp Monroe 
As of February 1, 1985, Ms. 
Mickey dePrater will be handling 
all reservations, 
questions/inquiries, comments, 
etc., pertaining to CAMP 
MONROE (retreats, summer 
camp, etc.). Ms. dePrater is 
available Monday-Friday from 9 
A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Presbytery 

Monthly Information 
Packets . . . 
All material/data for the Mon- 
thly Information Packet is due in 

the Presbytery Office by the 8th 
of each month. The packet is 
mailed to all churches on the 15th 
of each month. 

Presbyterian News 
Articles/Write-Ups are 
welcome for the monthly Faye- 
tteville Presbyterian. All Ar- 
ticles/write-ups are due into the 
Presbytery Office by the end of 
the month preceding the month in 
which the article is to appear. All 
articles/write-ups along with 
photos are needed and ap- 

Rev. David Lunan 
Exchange Pastor 
The Reverend Stewart Ellis, 
pastor of Cameron and Union 
Presbyterian Churches, ex- 
changes pulpits with the Rev- 
erend David Lunan, pastor of the 
St. Andrews-Lhanbryd Parish 
Church of Lhanbryd, Scotland for 
March and April of 1985. 

Calendar Of Events 

All meetings scheduled at the Presbytery Office unless otherwise 


15-17 Spring Festival : Life 5, Youth Retreat at Camp Monroe 

16 Women of the Church-Fayetteville Presby tery-Sanford Fi rs I 

19 12:30 p.m. —Church Educators 

2:00 p.m.— Camp Programming with Camp Monroe Board at 
Camp Monroe 

Face-to-Face-Roanoke, Virginia 

2:00 p.m.— Pastoral Nominating Committee Liaison Sub-Com- 

5:00 p.m.— Division of Church Dvelopment and Redevelopment 





10:00 a.m.— Presbytery Staff Meeting 

12 noon— Committee on Ministry 

Office Closed-Easter Holiday 

Office Closed-Easter Holiday 

Camp Monroe Open House at Camp Monroe 

6:30 p.m.— Division of Stewardship and Finance 

12 : 30 p. m . —Church Educators 

6:00 p.m.— Division of Outreach and Ecumenical Relations 
2:00 p.m.— Pastoral Nominating Committee Liaison sub-com- 

6 : 00 p. m . —Division of Education 

Men of the Church Rally at Camp Monroe 

5 : 00 p.m.— Division of Church Development and Red 



MARCH, 1985 

Carmel Calls Associate; 
St. Andrews Calls Pastor 

The congregation of Carmel 
Presbyterian Church has ex- 
tended a call to Anthony F. 
Cicone to serve as Associate 

He has served as pastor of the 
East Liberty Presbyterian Chur- 
ch in Vanderbilt, Pa., and as 
Stated Supply of the Leisenring 
Presbyterian Church in Leisen- 
ring, Pa. 

He received his B A. degree 
from Indiana University of Pen- 
nsylvania, his M. Div. degree 
from Oakland Theological Sem- 
inary, and has studied at the 
American Institute of Holy Land 
Studies, Mt. Zion. Jerusalem. 

He is currently enrolled in the 
D. Min. program at Fuller 
Theological Seminary in 
Pasadena. Calif. 

The congregation of St. An- 
drews Presbyterian Church has 
called H. Daniel (Dan) Lewis to 
be its pastor. 

He will be installed on Sunday, 
May 5, by a Commission of 

A graduate of DePauw Univer- 
sity in Greencastle, Ind., and 
Princeton Theological Seminary 
in New Jersey, he comes to Char- 
lotte from a three-point parish in 
rural central Maine where he 
served as Assistant Pastor. 

Anthony F. Cicone 

Youth Events Set 
For April, May 

Two separate events for the 
youth of Mecklenburg Pres- 
bytery are scheduled for April 
and May. 

Junior Highs will deal with the 
topic, "Changing: Junior High to 
Senior High", and Senior Highs 
will participate in a work day at 
Lake Norman. 

The Junior High event will be 
held at First Church, Albemarle, 
on April 28 at 3:00 p.m., and will 
include a short movie, a skit and 
a panel discussion. 

Senior Highs will meet at 3:00 
p.m. on May 5 at Presbytery's 
Lake Norman property. After 
about two hours of cleaning up 
the area, participants will eat 
dinner and have a small party. 

H. Daniel Lewis 

Bender Approved 
For Ordination 

Carol T. (Pinky) Bender was 
approved for ordination at the 
Stated Meeting of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery on February 26. 

She has been employed as an 
instructor at Queens College and 
a curriculum writer for the 
Presbyterian Publishing House. 

A graduate of Winthrop College 
and Erskine Theological 
Seminary, she and her husband, 
Michael, are the parents of three 
children: Louise, Kay, and 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor March, 1985 

Abortion Position Debated 
At Presbytery Meeting 

Carol T. Bender 


Mecklenburg Presbytery met 
on February 26 at Sugaw Creek 
Presbyterian Church for a 
session that was full of business 
and significant debate. 

The highlights of the meeting 
were a service of holy com- 
munion, a report on the budget 
for 1985, an update on the Haiti 
Project, and a debate over the 
church's position on abortion. 

Nancy Lincoln, of Presbyterian 
Family Life Center, and Robert 
James, presbytery executive, led 
the worship service. 

In his communion meditation, 
Mr. James talked about 
pluralism in the church. He des- 
cribed some of the "bumps in the 
road" for the life of Mecklenburg 

The revised budget for 1985 was 
presented to the presbytery. The 
total amount for 1985 was set at 
$1,767,787 (a 7% increase over 

The council of presbytery also 

Central America 
Topic Of 

"Beginning to Understand Cen- 
tral America", a conference 
sponsored by Presbytery's 
Peacemaking Task Force, will be 
held April 26 and 27 at Covenant 

Friday evening's session will 
be held from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m., 
and Saturday's session will begin 
at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 

Joe Moran, Associate Director 
of Church World Service of the 
Carolinas, and Robert Whalen, 
Professor of History at Queens 
College, will speak at the con- 

Two different perspectives on 
U.S. involvement in Central 
America will be presented in 
dialogue format. 

Program Helps 10,000 Daily 

(Ed. Note: This is the third in a 
series of articles concerning the 
various programs receiving as- 
sistance through the Two Cents a 
Meal program.) 

The Metrolina Food Bank con- 
tributes to a miracle at work 
ilevery day. 

j The concept behind food 
j banking is simple: there are 
J hungry people and there is sur- 
j plus food. 

I The mission of every food bank 
\ is to be the intermediary between 
5 these two entities by recovering 
\ edible, but commercially unsale- 
E able food items and redis- 
» tributing these products to agen- 
cies working with less fortunate 

At present there are such 
organizations in every state, 
helping to collect food products 
that a short time ago were 
literally dumped merely because 
they were not appropriate for 
commercial use. 

Metrolina Food Bank, located 
at 300 E. 7th Street in Charlotte, 
was developed in 1982 as a project 
of the Charlotte Area Fund. In 
1983 it became an independent 
non-profit corporation working 
under a Board of Directors. 

Since its inception, the agency 
has coordinated distribution of 
more than 2 % million pounds of 

Currently over 200 non-profit, 
charitable organizations in an 
approximate 50-mile radius of 
Charlotte participate with 
Metrolina Food Bank to alleviate 
many problems precipitated by 

Such agencies serve senior 
citizens meals, provide day care 
meals for low-income families, 
maintain soup kitchens, food pan- 
tries, and help in various group 
home situations. 

Together, they are touching 
10,000 lives a day. 

The Food Bank receives its 

food from a variety of sources, 
including manufacturers, whole- 
salers, farmers, national food 
warehouses through membership 
in Second Harvest, brokers, 
distributors, processors, packing 
houses, various group donations, 
and area food drives. 

Donors receive tax credits un- 
der the 1976 Tax Reform Act, and 
have the advantage of the con- 
venience of disposing of unwan- 
ted products to a single agency 
that in turn redistributes them in 
usable quantities to many 
charitable organizations. 

Food Banking is indeed a 
system where everyone wins. 

Two Cents a Meal has helped 
Metrolina Food Bank since 
January, 1983. 

If you have questions about 
Two Cents a Meal, contact Scottie 
Lindsay at 375-4976. Any ques- 
tions on the Metrolina Food Bank 
can be referred to Anne Register 
at 376-1785. 

announced a new method for 
establishing the budget. Begin- 
ning this year, they will include 
all the chairpersons of each com- 
mittee in a Stewardship Com- 

Douglas Oldenburg, chairman 
of the Haiti Development Com- 
mission, made a report on the 
Haiti Development Project, 
which is in its tenth and final 

In the middle of the afternoon, 
the presbytery spent two hours 
discussing various resolutions on 
the issue of abortion. Four chur- 
ches (Camden, Walkersville, St. 
Giles, and Badin) presented 
strong "pro-life" position papers 
for the presbytery to endorse as 
overtures to the General As- 

The papers called for the 
General Assembly to reject the 
position paper "Covenant and 
Creation"; to acknowledge abor- 
tion as the willful destruction of 
human life; to support anti-abor- 
tion legislation; and to support 
agencies for the care of pregnant 
women and their children. After 
an hour of debate, this position 
was defeated. 

A substitute motion was then 
offered that opposed abortion ex- 
cept in cases of incesi, rape, and 
when the life of the mother is en- 


This motion also dropped all 
reference to legal action on abor- 
tion. It was debated for another 
hour, and finally defeated. 

The presbytery then adopted 
the recommendation of the Inter- 
pretation Committee to overture 
the General Assembly to: (1) 
continue the study of the abortion 
position paper "Covenant and 
Creation" for another year; (2) 
to reformulate a more inclusive 
position on abortion; (3) to reaf- 
firm our belief in the sanctity of 
life, to oppose abortions of con- 
venience and to recognize excep- 
tional circumstances when abor- 
tion may be necessary. 

During its meeting, the 
presbytery also: elected Neil 
McMillan, pastor of Selwyn 
Avenue Church to be moderator; 
received Anthony F. Cicone as 
associate pastor of Carmel Chur- 
ch and H. Daniel Lewis as pastor 
of St. Andrews Church; gave 
permission to form a task force 
on evangelism; elected com- 
missioners to the meeting of 
Synod; and heard a report from 
Scottie Lindsay, Hunger Action 
Enabler, that the "2 Cents a 
Meal" program has raised over 
$200,000 since beginning in 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

Men To Hear Kuykendall; 
SalmonCampbell To Speak 
At WOC Annual Meeting 

"Heritage and Hope" is the 
theme of the address which Dr. 
John Kuykendall, recently 
inaugurated as President of 
Davidson College^ will present to 
Mecklenburg Men of the Church 
at their annual spring rally. 

The rally will be held at First 
Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, 
on Tuesday, April 23. Dinner will 
be served at 6:30, and the 
program will beginat7:30p.m. 

The Davidson Brass Ensemble 
will present special musical en- 
tertainment during the evening. 

Harvey White, elder at Myers 
Park Church, is president of 
Presbytery's Men's Council. Bob 
Utsman, council vice-president 
and elder at Sharon Church, is in 
charge of the rally. 

The Women of the Church of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery will 
hold their annual meeting on 
Saturday, April 20, at Third 
Church, Charlotte, between the 
hours of 9: 30 and 2:30. 

Registration will begin at 9:00 

The featured speaker will be 
the recent past vice-moderator of 
the General Assembly, Joan 
SalmonCampbell, metropolitan 
mission executive for the Presby- 
tery of Philadelphia. 

During the day the design for a 
new structure for women's 
program and organization in the 
PCUSA will be studied, and each 
person attending will have an op- 
portunity to offer her written 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


20 9:15 a.m.— 2< Meal Committee 

21 4 : 00 p.m . —Outdoor Christian Ministries 


2 4:00p.m.— Planning 

4 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

9 4:00 p.m.— Christian Education 

7 : 00 p.m . —Church Assistance 
16 3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

20 9:30 a.m.— Annual Meeting of the Women of the Church- 
Third Church 

MARCH, 1985 




The fifty-second Stated 
Meeting of Orange Presbytery 
was held in the Ernest Myatt 
Church of Raleigh on February 

Highlights included the election 
of the Rev. Mr. Norman Whitney, 
Pastor of the Bethany Church in 
Graham as moderator. The new 
moderator has most recently 
served as chairperson of Council. 

Another special moment in the 
life of presbytery was the in- 
troduction and subsequent 
remarks of Dr. Luendu Tshiham- 
ba, General Secretary of the 
Presbyterian Community of 
Zaire and member of the Central 
Committee of the World Council 
of Churches. Dr. Tshihamba was 
in this country to participate in 
the Life and Mission design con- 
ference of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) and had been 
visiting with and speaking to 
varied groups within Orange 
presbytery. His remarks te 
presbytery focused on how we 
are part of the body of Christ. "If 
one part hurts," he said, "all of 
the body hurts!" He pointed out 
that although the body of Christ is 
very dispersed and sometimes 
seems far removed by distance, 
class or culture, we are never- 
theless all parts of one 
body— Christ's. 

The Rev. Robert Glasgow was 
examined and received into 
membership of presbytery and a 
commission appointed to install 
Bob as Assistant Pastor, Hudson 
Memorial, Raleigh. He will work 
extensively in youth ministry. 

Ms. Betty Berghaus, former 
Resource Center Specialist and 
interim educational specialist for 
presbytery was recognized and 
honored for services rendered. 
Ms. Evelyn Edwards, Elemen- 
tary Ministries Director of First 
Church, Greensboro, was 
recognized and congratulated for 
having been certified as an 
Associate in Christian Education 
by the General Assembly Mission 

All present will long remember 
the memorable and joyful wor- 
ship service celebrating the 
ministry and faith of the Rev. 
James A. Jones, III. Jim was 
granted the status of "Honorably 
Retired." He served until 
retirement as Pastor of First 
Church, Henderson, and will con- 
tinue living in Henderson. 

Under the aegis of the Can- 
didates' Committee, a service of 
reception was held for these can- 
didates for the Ministry of the 
Word: Martha Ann Fairchild, 
George T. Lashley, Arnold 
Harrison Nuckles, Jr. and Mary 
Kriek Steege. Donna Ree Smith 
was received as a candidate for 
Christian Educator. 

Ministers and Elders were 
elected as principal and alternate 
commissioners to the 1985 
meeting of the General Assembly 
and a formula was approved for 
electing commissioners to Synod 
which will insure equitable and 
fair representation to churches of 
all sizes and also give ap- 
proximately equal represen- 
tation based on the t">tal mem- 
bership in a group. 

In addition, special reports 
were received on church incor- 
poration, peacemaking, the 
needs of Glade Valley School, an 
update from the Conference Cen- 
ter Task Force of presbytery, the 
Youth Ministries Committee and 
the Orange Presbytery Foun- 

The Orange Presbyterian 

Bob Poteet, Editor March, 1985 

HIGH-FLYING PLANS. Dianne Narron, daughters Angel and Tracey, and Dot Bass, Secretary to the 
Executive Presbyter of presbytery, prepare to launch their balloons during a presentation at Hudson 
Memorial Church in Raleigh, informing the congregation of the plans and goals for the presbytery 

Campaign Update 

The 1985 summer camp 
schedule brochure and poster 
have been mailed to all churches 
and were distributed at the 
meeting of Presbytery. Paul 
Ransford, Staff Associate for 
Camps, remarked that "after 
last year's full camps and good 
reviews from campers and staff, 
more camps have been added for 
overflow and two entirely new 
camps have been scheduled." he 
also encouraged campers to 
make their reservations early, 
saying "they fill up fast! " 

Expansions and additions in- 
clude a week-long in-depth look at 
government and policy making 
for senior highs and adults led by 
the Rev. Frank Covington, 
Pastor of Roanoke Rapids Chur- 
ch and a week-long "rivercation" 
on Piedmont rivers led by two 
senior counselors and the Rev. 
Wilson Gunn, Pastor of North 
Raleigh Church. Also, Ransford 
notes, "the popular high adven- 
ture trip will also be expanded." 

Note also that Camp New Hope, 
Presbyterian Point and the 
summer program leaders are 
seeking qualified applicants for 
positions as life guards, kitchen 
helpers, maintenance crew 
members and counselors. In- 
terested? Contact Paul Ransford 
in the Presbytery office. 

And finally, if you and your 
youth group needs a one-day 
work camp experience plan to 
bring them to Camp New Hope or 
Presbyterian Point for Spring 
clean-up and a weiner roast. 
There are leaves to rake, limbs to 
gather, logs to split, windows to 
wash— and more! Get in touch 
-vith Paul Ransford NOW. 

Resources . . . 

Living The Promise is in the 
Durham Center, a new and in- 
novative filmstrip produced by 
the Self-Development of People 
of the Presbyterian 
Church, designed to interpret this 
program of the church and to 
help promote the "One Great 
Hour of Sharing" offering. 

A.D.: An Epic Miniseries is to 
be aired on NBC during Holy 
Week. Beginning Palm Sunday 
night, March 31, and continuing 
through April 4, NBC Television 
Network will present "A.D.," a 
12-hour miniseries set in the first 
century. The story focuses on key 
historical and fictional charac- 
ters — Jewish, Christian, Ro- 
man — who are forced to 

Activity on behalf of Orange 
Presbytery's Capital Funds 
Campaign is breaking out all 
across our 126 churches. While 
many are still deciding how they 
will become involved, others 
have already begun to raise 
funds. One example is shown in 
the photograph above. 

Hudson Memorial Church in 
Raleigh launched their fund 
raising by releasing balloons. An 
interesting aspect of this event 
was the coverage it received in 

respond to dramatic social, 
political, and especially religious 

This series will be video 
taped for subsequent use, but if 
you are interested in having a 
group from your church view the 
series as a part of your total 
program of Christian education, 
copies of a leader's discussion 
guide have been made available 
by Cultural Information Service 
and are being distributed through 
the Durham Resource Center. 

the Raleigh News and Observer 
who published this photograph in 
the Monday morning paper. It's 
nice to see people working to help 
others rewarded with a little 

Shirley S. "Red" Wilson, 
General Chairperson of the cam- 
paign, announced to the 
Presbytery at the February 26 
meeting, that pledges and gifts 
by churches and individuals now 
total nearly $3 million. This 
represents full and partial 
responses from 24 churches. 

Triangle Church, Durham, is 
relocating. The congregation is 
selling its present property and 
will build a new church two miles 
west of its present location. It is 
expected that proceeds from the 
sale of the property will finance 
the relocation. 

Triangle Church is presently 
located in a rapidly developing 
commercial corridor adjacent to 
Research Triangle Park and is 
surrounded by a variety of 
businesses, motels, shopping cen- 
ters, offices and commercial 
buildings. Land values have 
soared to as much as $4.00 per 
square foot. Several multi-family 
residential complexes have been 
built nearby and more are 
planned. Planners project 
continuing commercial 
development in the area and 
major single-family residential 
development west of the area. 

The nearly seven acres of land 
presently owned is valued at 
$1,250,000 and is to be developed 
for executive office buildings. 
The congregation will occupy its 
property through December, 

The Triangle congregation has 
purchased six acres on Highway 
54, near the intersection with 

Wilson observed, "we have ahead 
of us a great deal of hard work in 
order to meet all of the $5.9 
million of needs, but with this 
tremendous example in early 
gifts, the whole team is encour- 

Funds are being raised to meet 
needs for Camp New Hope; 
Church Development; a new 
Conference Center; NCCCW Af- 
ter-Care Facility; Presbyterian 
Homes, Inc. /High Point; 
Presbyterian Homes, Inc., Ra- 
leigh; and Presbyterian Point. 

Highway 751, Hope Valley Road. 
It is adjacent to the new Wood- 
croft residential comir inity and 
in the heart of the major residen- 
tial area developing in south 
Durham County. It is mid-way 
between Chapel Hill, Durham, 
and the Research Triangle Park. 
Westminster Presbyterian 
Church is about four miles north- 
west and the area has been 
targeted in a recent presbytery- 
wide study for future new church 

Just over seventeen years ago, 
the church was organized by 
Granville Presbytery. That event 
happened after more than six 
years of exploration and study. 
Initially meeting in Lowe's Grove 
School, the congregation moved 
into its first building which was 
completed and dedicated in 
April, 1970. 

The dream of those Presbyter- 
ians has grown and developed in 
unexpected and extraordinary 
ways and these present develop- 
ments give ample testimony to 
their foresight, wisdom, and good 

The pastor of the Triangle 
Church is the Reverend Lee 

Come and learn about. . . 

Community of Presbyterian Women 
A New Women's Design 

Annual Meeting Of 
Women of The Church 
Orange Presbytery 

APRIL 16— 7-7:30 p.m. Registration 

7:30 p.m. Meeting 
APRIL 17—9:30-10 a.m. Registration 
10:00 a. m Meeting, 
Concluding With Lunch 

Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church 
1950 New Bern Avenue 
Raleigh, N.C. 

Triangle Church 



MARCH, 1985 

Lesson Seven: April — "I Will Dwell In The Midst Of You" — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

Our study of the prophets began with Amos, who 
could hear God saying, 
"I hate, I despise your feats, 

and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies," 
because the people of God were performing ritual in 
substitution for honest living. To bring extravagant of- 
ferings to the house of the Lord while not paying em- 
ployees a decent wage, while cheating on real-estate 
deals, was a travesty in the minds of the eighth-century 
prophets, and they had harsh words about the 
hypocrisy of outward practice of religious ceremonies 
in the sanctuary. 

But the situation faced by our two prophets in this 
study was quite different. The sanctuary at Bethel that 
Amos had scorned had been in dust and rubble for two 
centuries, and the temple in Jerusalem was burned 
nearly seventy years before Haggai and Zechariah 
came on the scene. It is one thing to notice the false use 
of a symbol; it is quite another not to have a symbol at 

Each prophet spoke to his own particular historical 
situation, and in our study we have noted how God 
always has a living word for his people. Review in the 
study book "The Babylonian Experience" and "Return 
to Judah," pp. 55-57 (Concern, 21a-22a). 


Here is a successful prophet, and one who has 
thoroughly documented his efforts. He tells his readers 
that he delivered God's message from the sixth to the 
ninth months in what we reckon as the year 520 B.C. 
His purpose was to get the temple rebuilt, and, with the 
joint efforts of Zechariah, this was accomplished. 

Having been without a sanctuary, these two prophets 
realized how important it is to have one. True, God can 
be worshiped anywhere; true, a building is not a 
requirement for realizing and celebrating the presence 
of God. King Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the 
magnificent temple he built was, 
"Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot con- 
tain thee; how much less this house which I have 

By Mary Boney Sheats 


I Kings 8:27 

Still, a special place, set apart and dedicated to the 
worship of the Lord of the universe, can make it more 
likely that the reality of his presence can come alive. It 
took the loss of their sanctuary to make the Jews 
realize how important it was to them. 

To Haggai and Zechariah, the interruption of temple 
construction brought on by troublesome neighbors (see 
Ezra 3-4) should come to an end; it was time to get on 
with the job. But Haggai heard the people give an ex- 
cuse that has echoed through the centuries: "The time 
has not yet come." (Haggai 1:2) For how many projec- 
ts has that sentence been the death-knell ! It is not that 
what is being suggested is a bad idea, but this is not the 
time. You are not opposed to the proposal but it would 
be better coming at a later date. Ask your group to fill 
in here the ways "The time has not yet come" has been 
used in their experience. ("We are for church union. . . 
women preachers . . . open housing. . .") 

But Haggai recognizes that the people's excuse is 
just that: an excuse. For they are doing other types of 
building, and are in fact constructing elaborate houses 
("paneled houses") for themselves. (The same term is 
used in Jeremiah 22:14 to describe King Jehoiakim's 
elegant palace. ) The political and religious leadership 
took to heart God's challenge through Haggai and got 
to work. Even though the rebuilt temple was not as fine 
as the former one, it did mean that God would dwell in 
their midst. "Work, for I am with you," said the Lord 
through Haggai. (2:4) 

Haggai's message of hope includes the recon- 
secration of the priesthood, and God's bringing 
prosperity to his people, as the prophet hopes for 
Zerubbabel to become the Messianic king. 


While Haggai zeroes in on the people's neglect and 
chides them for not rebuilding the temple, Zechariah is 
more subtle. He simply quotes the affirming word of 

"I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion ; 
my house shall be built in it." 
(Zechariah 1:16) 

Both prophets were given credit for the rebuilding 
(Ezra 5:1-2), but the message of Zechariah includes 
much more than this project. His book has two distinct 
sections: 1-8 and 9-14. The first part is apocalyptic, 
consisting of eight visions; the second contains a more 
obscure background, with no reference to sixth-cen- 
tury conditions but with several themes that an- 
ticipate the New Testament. References are given in 
the study book, p. 61 (Concern, p. 23b), just before the 
"Pause and Reflect" questions. 

The visions in the first part of Zechariah witness to 
the grace of God, in one way or another. (For the 
meaning of these visions, see James Galley's treat- 
ment of Zechariah in Vol. 15 of the Layman's Bible 
Commentary, pp. 102-112.) God shows his grace by 
promising again and again his presence with his 
people: "I will dwell in the midst of you." (Zech. 2:5, 
10, 11; 8:3) Zechariah returns to the social emphases of 
the eight-century prophets in 7:9; 8: 16-17, and this sec- 
tion ends with a universal dimension to the fact that 
"God is with you." (8:23) 


This study offers a good chance to concentrate on 
your church and what you hear God calling you to do 
through it. You will want to think through the priorities 
your church should be addressing at this place and 
time in its history. Haggai and Zechariah remind us of 
the importance of church buildings, and we need to be 
good stewards of the physical plants that have been 
passed down to us. But these prophets knew that the 
rebuilt temple was for the glory of God, and for the 
fulfillment of God's promise: "I will be in the midst of 

What does God do when God is in our midst? 

Encourage your group to write out a response to that 

Worship, Music Leaders Set For WOC Conference 

Two woman ministers will con- 
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husband and wife will direct the 
music at the 1985 N.C. 
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tical sessions in Montreat June 9- 
12 and 12-15. The ministers are 
the Rev. Mary H. Johns of 
Southern Pines and the Rev. 
Laurey H. Murphy of Maxton. 
The music directors are Robert 
W. and Angelene Frazier of 
Southern Pines. 

Ms. Johns will conduct the 
vesper services, while Ms. Mur- 
phy will conduct the morning 
watch. "Both are working on new 
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institutional harmony." 

The document lists charac- 
teristics the church should have. 

Some of those are that it be: 
•The body of Christ 

• A covenantal, worshiping, 
and confessional community 

• Part of a global, ecumenical 

• Inclusive 

Church members should be ac- 
tively repentant, faithful 
evangelists, and God's agents, it 
says. The church should be open 
to renewal by God, should pray, 

the spokesman said, though 
many people have already made 
reservations. Anyone interested 
in attending should make a 
reservation, including a $15 
registration fee, with Mrs. 
Amelia Ford, 4416 Wilgrove, Mint 
Hill Road, Charlotte 28212. 

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author of God and the Rhetoric of 
Sexuality and Texts of Terror: 
Literary-Feminist Readings of 
Biblical Narratives. 

Workshops include religion and 
literature, preaching as auto- 
biography, collegia lity between 
men and women, liturgical 
dance, women and sexuality, and 
spirituality and meditation. 

Registration costs $50, which 
covers six meals and lodging. 
Register by April 15 with Re- 
source Center for Women and 
Ministry in the South, P.O. Box 
1365, Greensboro 27402. Limited 
scholarships are available. 

Women from outside North 
Carolina are welcome to attend. 

Among the ecumenical 
sponsors are the General 
Assembly, the Synod, and Orange 

should address difficult issues of 
society, and should emphasize 
partnership, the statement adds, 
with all levels of the church in- 
volved in setting priorities. 

MARCH, 1985 



Official Leads Orange's 
Campaign Against Hunger 

The Joint Hunger Committee 
has employed Dr. Kay-Robert 
Volkwijn as hunger-enabler for 
Orange Presbytery, to coordinate 
efforts in the presbytery to 
alleviate hunger. Volkwijn is a 
staff associate for special 
ministries with the presbytery; 
the two positions are each half- 

As enabler, Volkwijn will help 
congregations develop hunger 
programs, encourage 
Presbyterians to advocate new 
policies with governmental of- 
ficials, increase awareness of 
hunger in the area, and promote 
existing hunger programs. 

A native of South Africa and a 
U.S. citizen, Volswijn is former 
pastor of Timothy Darling 
Presbyterian Church in Oxford. 
He was educated at the Univer- 
sity of Western Cape and the 
University of Cape Town in South 
Africa and recieved seminary 
training with the Calvyn 
Protestant Church of South 
Africa. He earned a master's 
degree at Pittsburgh Seminary 
and a doctorate at McCormick 

He has been on Orange 
Presbytery's staff since May 
1984. In that capacity, he works 
with special ministries in urban 

Ministerial Changes 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

The following churches were 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Holston Presbytery of the 
former United Presbyterian 
Church (which has joined with 
Holston Presbytery of the former 
PCUS to form one new 
presbytery) on January 22: 

Reems Creek, Weaverville; 
Beech, Weaverville; Calvary, 
Asheville; Warren Wilson, Swan- 
nanoa; Dorland Memorial, Hot 
Springs; Walnut; Marshall; 
White Rock, Marshall. 

The following ministers were 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Holston Presbytery: 

Frederick G. Ohler, pastor of 
Warren Wilson Church, Swan- 
nanoa; Robert Gruber, pastor of 
Dorland Memorial Church in Hot 
Springs and the Walnut Church; 
George A. Moore, pastor of the 
Marshall Church and White Rock 
Church, Marshall; John M. 
Kelley, social worker; David B. 
Maxwell, counselor; Richard M. 
Rustay, public-school teacher; C. 
Jackson Hughes, teacher and 
counselor; Malcolm Maccubbin, 
director of church relations at 
Warren Wilson College; Thomas 
B. Byers, business manager at 
Warren Wilson College. 

Also, Joseph R. Walker, 
honorably retired in 
Bloomington, Indiana; Francis 
H. Scott, honorably retired in 
Swannanoa; G.Gordon Many, 
honorably retired in Swannanoa; 
Hugh F. Ash, honorably retired in 
Black Mountain; Herman F. 
Allen, honorably retired in Black 
Mountain; John K. Abernethy, 
honorably retired in Montreat; 
Roland Showalter, honorably 
retired in Swannanoa, and 
Howard E. Thomas, honorably 
retired in Swannanoa. 

William G. Neville has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Atlanta Presbytery. He is a 

C. Emerson Smith has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Shenandoah Presbytery. He 
is honorably retired. 

C. Duane Armistead has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Gordon Presbytery of the 
Church of Scotland to accept a 
call as pastor of First Church, 

James R. Crook has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Charleston Presbytery. He 

is honorably retired. 

John Ellington has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Atlanta Presbytery. He is 
honorably retired. 

Paul F. Warren died on 
February 19. He was an honorably 
retired member of Asheville 

Richard R. Gammon has been 
honorably retired by Albemarle 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
First Church in Greenville. 

Yong Gil Maeng has been 
dismissed by Orange Presbytery 
to Chunnam Presbytery of the 
Presbyterian Church of Korea. 

Harland C. Merriam Jr. has 

been dismissed by Orange 
Presbytery to Grace Presbytery. 
He was associate pastor of White 
Memorial Church in Raleigh. 

E. Lee Willingham died on 
February 4. A member of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, he was 
development officer at Davidson 

Carol Bender has been or- 
dained by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery. She is an instructor 
at Queens College. 

Anthony F. Cicone has been 
received by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery from Redstone 
Presbytery to accept a call as 
associate pastor of Carmel Chur- 
ch in Charlotte. 

C. Randolph Terrell has accep- 
ted a call as pastor of Wildwood 
Church in Morehead City. A 
member of Wilmington 
Presbytery, he was formerly a 

Conrad C. Sharps has been or- 
dained by Wilmington 
Presbytery and installed as 
pastor of the Faison Church. 

C. Russell Lee has been 
received by Wilmington 
Presbytery from Fayetteville 
Presbytery to accept the call as 
pastor of Bethany Church, 
Wilmington. He was pastor of Mt. 
Carmel Church in Ellerbe and 
stated supply of First Church in 

Thomas K. Spence Jr. has been 
dismissed by Fayetteville 
Presbytery to Hanover 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
Peace Church. 

J. Earl Adkins died on 
February 4. He was an honorably 
retired member of Fayetteville 

Barium Gets $10,000 
To Expand Development 

Dr. Kay-Robert Volkwijn 

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seek ways to share ministry with 
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Barium Springs Home for 
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grant from the Duke Endowment 
for expansion of the Home's 
development office. The grant is 
the final payment of a three-year 
commitment of $50,000, designed 
to enable Barium Springs to in- 
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The new program "has made 
an excellent beginning,'' said 
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years' time, our gift income has 
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MARCH, 1985 

Christian Psychiatry Program Seeks Growing Faith 

The significant transformation 
of a person's life in three days 
may be rare, but Dr. Michael 
Hale has seen it happen. An or- 
dained Methodist minister and 
family-life specialist working 
through the Methodist Children's 
Home in Raleigh, Hale is con- 
sultant to an innovative program 
in Christian psychiatry 
established recently at the HSA 
Cumberland Hospital in Fayet- 

"In one patient. I've seen a 
moving in understanding from 
being a nominal Christian to 
someone confident of 
salvation— and now a struggle to 
allow Christ to be Lord of their 

"To see that happen from 
Tuesday to Thursday was just 

Hale and Dr. Allen Willis, 
medical administrator and a 
psychiatrist, developed the 
program after corporate officials 
with Healthcare Services oi 
America, the corporation that 
operates Cumberland, decided to 
initiate such a program. Hospital 
officials believe it is the only one 
on the East Coast and one of two 
in the nation. 

"I had a letter from one pastor 
saying it's the only true Christian 
treatment he's seen in a 
psychiatric program," Willis 

Learn About 

Children at Johnston Memorial 
Church in Charlotte recently sent 
hand-made scripture cards to 
Brazil, hoping to share the Good 
News with children in the slums 
of Sao Paulo. The American 
children sent the cards they had 
made at the church's mission fair 
to Dr. and Mrs. Alan Gordon, 
Presbyterian missionaries in 
Brazil, to distribute at the Good 
Samaritan Clinic, where they 

The children at Johnston 
Memorial had learned about the 
clinic's work through a recent 
presentation by the Gordons. 

said in an interview. 

Patients who enter the 
program suffer from the same 
problems as any psychiatric 
patients, Willis said: depression, 
suicidal thoughts, insomnia, 
family discord. Some are acutely 
psychotic, suffering auditory 
hallucinations or out of touch 
with reality. 

Once admitted to the hospital, 
they can choose to enter the 
program of Christian treatment, 
known as CEPHAS. The program 
provides a life of Christian 
discipline, involving individual 
morning and evening devotions, 
using a book of scriptural 
passages, and then group 

The group therapy uses many 
of the techniques of conventional 
group treatment, but it also em- 
phasizes the nature of sin and the 
need for forgiveness. Patients 
may confess guilt to the group, 
and they may write down some 
they don't wish to share. At one 
recent worship service in the 
small chapel in the hospital, 
patients burned these sheets of 
paper, ritually making a new 
start into forgiveness and a 
closer relationship with God. The 
group supports its individuals in 
the reality of forgiveness. 

"I think a lot of people with 
emotional problems, psychiatric 

problems, are carrying around a 
lot of guilt," Willis said. "A lot of 
things that have happened in 
their lives are troubling them, 
and eating at them, and 
becoming the center of their at- 
tention, so they can't address 
their daily activities, and they 
can't deal with their families." 
By taking sin seriously, the group 
also take forgiveness seriously. 

"When you accept Jesus 
Christ, and you give your sins to 
him, then we believe in walking 
in that forgiveness," Willis ad- 

The program emphasizes the 
presence of covenant in its 
groups, calling them covenant 
communities. The concept of 
covenant is a key one, Hale said. 

"All relationships are covenan- 
tal in that they're not just bet- 
ween people but include God in 
everything we do," he said. "We 
remind patients that the 
therapist is in covenant with the 
patient and God." The treatment 
leads patients to see their 
relationships with their spouses 
and children as covenantal; Hale 
said his hope is that they'll see 
every human relationship as 

In developing the program, he 
and Willis used the ideas of Dr. 
William B. Oglesby, retired 
professor of pastoral care at 

CHILDREN AT Charlotte's Johnston Memorial Church work on scrip- 
ture cards to send to Brazilian children. 

The church's mission fair was 

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for children. Held in late 
January, the fair included an 
audio-visual story of an early 
missionary— Paul— as well as 
learning games describing 
missionaries' work, a visual 
presentation on the land and 
people of Brazil, and personal 
experiences in Brazilian culture 
related by a 26-year veteran of 
mission in the South American 
country, Vivian Hodges. 

The church's Sunday-School 
superintendent, Lorelei Garrett, 
designed the fair. She is a former 
missionary to Brazil. 



27 Synod's Council 


5 Office of Synod Closed 
after 12:00 noon. 

8 Office of Synod closed 
13 Asheville Presbytery 
16 Concord Presby tery 
20 Albemarle Presbytery 
23 Orange Presbytery 

Union Seminary in Virginia, to 
set its boundaries. Hale em- 
phasized that the treatment is not 
para-church; a board of advisors 
comprises pastors from various 
denominations, including several 
Presbyterians. Once patients 
leave the program, if they don't 
already have a church, the 
therapists will refer them to one 
of the churches represented on 
the advisory board. 

The program aims at inducing 
the growth of faith in its patients. 

"I think that in psychiatry, it's 
been missed that maybe the root 
of some psychiatric illness is 
spiritual problems," Willis said, 
"so this is to help them grow in 

their faith, to get their foundation 
on rock and not on sand, and to be 
able to use that in dealing with 
their problems, their family 
discord, their depressions, which 
hopefully means they can use less 
medication and less other con- 
ventional types of treatment." 

The group treatment also uses 
Bible study, taught by Hale. The 
two men hope to bring in outside 
pastors from various 
denominations with expertise in 
certain subjects to teach Bible 
studies. In addition, the program 
uses creative worship, which has 
some form but allows people who 
might otherwise be inhibited 
about worshiping to do so. 

Commission Rules Out 
Homosexuals 9 Ordination 

The General Assembly's Per- 
manent Judicial Commission has 
ruled that the Church cannot or- 
dain "self-af firming, practicing 
and unrepentant" homosexuals 
as ministers, elders, or deacons, 
The Presbyterian Outlook repor- 
ted. The decision is not subject to 
review by the General Assembly. 

The particular case before the 
Commission involved an appeal 
of a decision by the Synod of the 
Northeast over what appellants 
said was the failure of Western 
New York Presbytery to act after 
Westminster Church in Buffalo 
notified the presbytery it inten- 
ded to ordain homosexuals as 

elders and deacons. Twelve 
sessions in the presbytery ap- 
pealed to the synod and then the 
Assembly after the presbytery 
suggested the church prepare an 
overture to the Assembly affir- 
ming that the governing body in- 
volved was responsible for 
determining qualifications for 
ordination — though the 
presbytery did notify the church 
that its action violated 
established procedures. 

The Judicial Commission's 
ruling directs the presbytery to 
take any appropriate further ac- 
tion to assure compliance with 
constitutional standards for or- 

Beach Weekend Awaits 
Teens At Synod Event 

Teenagers will have a chance to 
spend a weekend at the beach 
during the Synod Youth Con- 
ference, Friday night through 
Sunday, April 19-21, a retreat for 
students in grades 9-12 at Ft. 
Caswell at Long Beach. 

The conference's theme is 
"Hope Offers Power and En- 
durance"; organizers say their 
goal is to "help you to cope with 
feelings of lostness and 
hopelessness through a closer 
relationship with Jesus Christ." 

Participants should bring a 
Bible, a sleeping bag or linens 
and a pillowcase, towels, a swim- 
suit, and personal toiletries. 

Registration for the conference 
starts at 7:00 p.m. Friday, with 
activities beginning at 9:15 p.m. 
The conference will not include 
dinner Friday night. 

The cost is $40 per person. 
Anyone wishing to participate 
should register with the Office of 
Synod, enclosing a check for $40 
per person along with a 


The retreat will feature John 
Paul Walters, a singer and 
songwriter from Nashville; Paul 
Ransford, director of camps and 
conferences for Orange 
Presbytery; and George Carpen- 
ter, a Greensboro minister. 
Walters will perform in a concert 
Saturday night. Carpenter will 
lead worship. All three will share 
stories of their experiences with 

registration form, which was sent 
to each church, by no later than 
April 12. That address is P.O. Box 
10785, Raleigh, N.C. 27605. 

Each participating church 
group must provide at least one 
chaperone for every 10 youths at- 

For further information, con- 
tact the Office of Synod at (919) 
834-4379 or Louis Andrews at 
(919) 791-5893. 

The Presbyterian News 




APRIL, 1985 


Historic MeetingBrings 3 Synods.Together 

In an historic event, the Synod 
of North Carolina will hold its an- 
nual meeting this year at the 
same time and place as two other 
synods, the Virginias and Pied- 
mont, at Lynchburg College in 
Lynchburg, Virginia, May 
30- June 1. It is the first time in the 
Synod's 172-year history that it 
has met with other synods. This 
meeting will include joint ses- 
sions and separate business ses- 

The three synods are meeting 
together because they are 
negotiating with each other over 
new boundaries for synods and 
presbyteries. The former United 
Presbyterian Synod of the Pied- 
mont overlaps both former PCUS 
synods, North Carolina and the 
Virginias, thus the basis of the 

"The purpose of the meeting is 
for us to get acquainted with each 
other," said Associate Synod Ex- 
ecutive Tyrone L. Burkette. To 

that end, the meeting will open 
Thursday afternoon, May 30, with 
worship together. Following 
preliminary separate business 
sessions later in the afternoon, 
commissioners from the three 
synods will be treated to a cook- 
out and entertainment by a dance 

The theme of the meeting is 
"Celebrating Christ's Reconcil- 
ing Power." Elaborating on this 

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theme, planners for the meeting 
have indicated they intend the 
meeting to "celebrate our diver- 
sity and our inclusiveness and 
through this be reconciling." 

Thursday evening, there will be 
a joint communion service; the 
preacher will be the Rev. Elayne 
Hyman Bass of Oxon Hill, 
Maryland, who will speak on 
human rights. She has been 
strongly involved in human- 
rights advocacy and is recogniz- 
ed as a resource person for 
human rights. Coordinator of 
worship for the entire meeting 
will be the Rev. Vin Harwell of 
Alexandria, Virginia. 

Friday morning, following joint 
worship, the three groups of com- 
missioners will meet together for 
a program on human relations 
led by Dr. Dudley Flood, 
associate superintendent of 
schools for North Carolina; 
another session with Dr. Flood 
will follow lunch. 

Following more separate 
business Friday afternoon and 
dinner, the synods will come 
together again for worship and a 
report from the boundaries com- 
mittee, then additional business. 

Saturday morning will include 
joint worship and closing 
separate business; the meeting 
will adjourn before noon. 

All meals will be together. 
Roommates will be assigned 
across synod lines, except for 
commissioners who bring their 

There will be 220 commis- 
sioners from North Carolina, 
about 100 fewer than last year 
because of a new formula for 

Ex-Moderators E.T. Thompson, 
Wade Boggs Die In March 

Noted writer and teacher Dr. 
E.T. Thompson and the Rev. 
Wade H. Boggs Sr., the only 
former moderator of the former 
Presbyterian Church U.S. to live 
past the age of 100, both died in 
March. Thompson was also a 
former moderator of the PCUS. 

Boggs, 101, died March 15 at 
Highland Farms near Black 
Mountain. Thompson, 90, died on 
March 29 in Richmond. 

Both men came from families 
producing more than one 
moderator: Thompson's father, 
Ernest, was moderator in 1933, 
while Boggs's younger brother, 
Marion, served as moderator in 
1960. Marion Boggs died in 1983 at 
the age of 88. 

Wade Boggs was moderator in 
1954, while E.T. Thompson served 
in 1959. Boggs and his brother 
were the only brothers to hold the 
moderator's office in the PCUS. 

Thompson was best known as 
an author of church histories, 
including three large volumes on 
the history of the Presbyterian 
Church in the South. In addition, 
he wrote a weekly Bible lesson 
for Presbyterian Outlook and 
predecessor publications from 
1929 until a few months before his 

In 1940, these commentaries 
made him the object of a 
churchwide attack through 
pamphlets on the soundness of his 
faith. The Presbytery of West 
Virginia, of which he was then 
moderator, unanimously voted 
its support of him and elected 
him to a second term; the Synod 
of North Carolina, the trustees of 
Union Seminary, and Hanover 
Presbytery followed with strong 
expressions of support. 

Thompson taught at Union 
Seminary in Richmond from 1923 
to 1964, then was visiting 

Valdese Churches Unite 
To Help Fire Victims 

Valdese was among towns 
hardest hit by large fires 
burning in western North 
Carolina in early April, and 
a number of local churches 
have formed Valdese 
Christian Aid to coordinate 
help in the crisis. The Rev. 
Paul Felker, pastor of the 
Waldensian (Presbyterian) 
Church, was elected chairman 
of the aid committee, said the 
Rev. ; Joel Cherry, disaster 
coordinator for Concord 

Other areas were affected, 
but Valdese was the worst hit, 
Cherry said. "It was such a 
huge fire, they couldn't 
contain it," he said, arid the 
south side of town was 
evacuated. Cherry said he was 
told smoke was so dense it 
look like an eclipse. 

The aid committee will set 
criteria of whom to help and 

how, centering on low-income 
families and others whose 
homes were damaged, Cherry 
said. So far, twenty-seven 
houses have been identified as 
burned, along with . seven 
mobile homes, he added. A 
number of those were of low- 
income families, Cherry said. 

Valdese Christian Aid plans 
to find low-cost rental housing, 
buy furniture, coordinate 
rebuilding, and deal with 
trauma, particularly of 
children who lost everything, 
including pets. 

The presbytery disaster 
committee is seeking funds 
from Synod and General 
Assembly. Meanwhile, 
contributions are welcome; 
they should be sent to Valdese 
Christian Aid, care of the 
Waldensian Presbyterian 
Church, P.O. Box 216, 
Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Glade Valley Suspended 

Dr. E.T. Thompson 

professor at St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College for a year. 

"I think of him as an inspiring 
teacher," said Dr. H. Edwin 
Pickard, pastor of White 
Memorial Church in Raleigh, 
who studied under Thompson at 
Union Seminary. Thompson's 
impact on the Southern 
Presbyterian Church was more 
than almost anyone in memory, 
Pickard said. 

He praised Thompson's 
understanding of the issues 
before the church and his 
understanding of the issues of the 
day from a Christian perspective. 
"He was one of the early leaders 
in things such as racial justice," 
Pickard said. 

A native of Texarkana, Texas, 
Thompson graduated from 
Hampden-Sydney College, 
earned a master's degree from 
Columbia University, and earned 
a bachelor of divinity degree 
from Union Seminary. He served 
a pastorate in El Paso, Texas, for 
one year, and served in the 
medical corps in World War I and 
as a chaplain in World War II. 

Rev. Wade H. Boggs Sr. 

He was honorably retired by 
Continued On Page Three 

The trustees of Glade Valley 
School have voted to recess the 
school for the 1985-86 school year; 
during that time, they will seek 
funding to pay the school's debts 
and refurbish it, with hopes of 
reopening it in the fall of 1986. 

The trustees announced in 
February they would be forced to 
close before the end of the school 

year without additional funding. 
Gifts of $120,650 during February 
and March will keep the school 
open until the end of the 
academic year in mid-May. 

After June 30, however, the 
institution will employ only 
maintenance and record-keeping 

Continued On Page Twelve 

Queens Administrator 
To Head Mary Baldwin 

Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, vice- 
president for academic affairs at 
Queens College, has been named 
president of Mary Baldwin Col- 

The new Mary Baldwin presi- 
dent was praised for her work at 
Queens by the college's president, 
Dr. Billy O. Wireman. 

"Cynthia has done a super job 
here," said Dr. Wireman. "We 
are sorry to lose her, as she is a 
superb administrator and 
adademician, but I think this is a 
great opportunity for her and for 
Mary Baldwin." 

Dr. Tyson, 47, is a native of Lin- 
colnshire, England. She received 
her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in 
medieval English literature from 
the University of Leeds. She has 
received two certificates in 
management development for 

Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson 
college and university ad- 
ministrators from Harvard 

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APRIL, 1985 

Council Declines Request To 
Endorse Apartheid Protest 

On a fairly close vote Synod's 
Council at its March meeting 
declined to endorse a proposal to 
invite North Carolina 
Presbyterians to demonstrate 
against apartheid at the South 
African embassy in Washington. 
The Ministry Group on Church 
and Society sought the Council 
endorsement for a program to 
recruit interested individuals to 
go to Washington on a certain day 
to demonstrate. 

Discussion focused on whether 
a Synod endorsement of social 
protest was appropriate, said the 
Rev. Robert Clark, Council 
moderator, in an interview. 
"There didn't seem to be 
anybody saying, 'I don't see 
anything wrong with South 
Africa,' " he said. "They did 
focus on the proper role of Synod 
and the appropriate way to ex- 
press Christian concern. There 
was a question on the part of 
many as to whether social protest 
is the best approach, given there 
are several alternatives." 

Addressing the Council, Dr. 
Kay-Robert Volkwijn noted the 

arrests in South Africa of three 
leading church representatives 
the day before. Staff associate 
with Orange Presbytery, Volkwi- 
jn is a native of South Africa and 
a naturalized U.S. citizen. 

"It seems to me that these ar- 
rests are a test to see whether the 
world's Christian community will 
respond," he said. "For, in my 
personal opinion, if we in the rest 
of the world and especially Chris- 
tians in the PCUSA don't voice 
our strong protest against this 
latest brutality and show of 
power, there will be even more 
repressive measures taken. 

"We have an obligation, as 
Christians, to make a stand 
against the forces of evil — for 
me, personified by the South 
African regime. If we don't do it, 
we are not true to our reformed 

Clark said there was argument 
on both sides and "pretty even 
feeling on both sides." 

Ultimately, he said, the Council 
tried to clarify what its role is and 
decided it is not making policy. 
"They felt like it was a policy deci- 

sion rather than a programmatic 
decision, and they felt uncomfor- 
table making a pronouncement." 

A substitute motion then was 
made that the request be 
transmitted to the annual 
meeting of Synod for the Synod's 
action, without comment one way 
or the other on the part of the 
Council. That motion passed 

In a related matter, Synod 
Moderator Sally L. McQueen 
issued a letter to all churches in 
the Synod early in April, re- 
questing prayer on Easter Sun- 
day for Dr. Allan Boesak and the 
other church leaders in South 
Africa who were arrested recent- 
ly. Boesak is president of the 
World Alliance of Reformed 
Churches. The others included 
Dr. Beyers Naude, secretary- 
general of the South African 
Council of Churches, and the Rev. 
Abel Hendricks, former presi- 
dent of the Methodist Church in 
the Republic of South Africa. 

The moderator urged con- 
gregations to pray for the people 

Continued On Page Four 

Moderator To Visit N.C. 

The General Assembly's 
moderator, Harriet Nelson, will 
visit North Carolina in late April 
and early May. She will be in 
Wilmington on April 29, Winston- 
Salem on May 1 for a luncheon 
meeting, and in the Charlotte- 
Concord area that evening. 

Ms. Nelson will also speak at 
Sponsor's Day at the 
Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education in Richmond on April 
26, and will attend a joint meeting 
of Norfolk and Southern Virginia 
Presbyteries on April 27, among 
other visits in the Synods of the 
Piedmont and the Virginias. 

An elder at First Church in 
Napa, California, Ms. Nelson 
served as a missionary in Africa 


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No. 4 

Harriet Nelson 
with her husband and has been 
active in community work and on 


In Our March issue, we 
identified Robert Frazier, 
music director along with his 
wife, Angelene, at the 1985 
N.C. Presbyterian Women's 
Conference, as organist and 
director of the junior choir at 
Brownson Memorial Church 
in Southern Pines. Frazier is 
also minister of music and 
directs all the choirs at the 

the presbytery, synod, and 
Assembly levels in the church. 
She has been moderator of her 
presbytery. She is organist at her 

A native of Areata, California, 
she graduated from the Universi- 
ty of the Pacific with majors in 
education and music and has 
taught in California and Africa. 

Yadkin Pastor 
Johnson Dies 

The Rev. Frank Johnson, long- 
time pastor of three churches in 
Yadkin Presbytery, died March 
29. He was 54. 

Johnson served Second Church 
in Mocksville and Mt. Vernon 
Church in Woodleaf for 27 years 
and the Cameron Church in 
Elmwood for 13 years. He was a 
graduate of Johnson C. Smith 
University and held theological 
degrees from Johnson C. Smith 
Theological Seminary and 
Interdenominational Theological 
Center in Atlanta. 

Surviving are his wife, Harriet 
Y. Johnson; a daughter, Winona 
J. McCullough of Charlotte; three 
brothers; five sisters; and his 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
Johnson of Cheraw, S.C. 

Catawba Unit Director 

To Return To Former Church 

The director of the Catawba 
Inter-Presbytery Program 
Agency in the Synod of the 
Piedmont since the fall of 1983, 
Dr. Raymond Worsley, is 
returning to his pastorate at First 
United Presbyterian Church in 
Charlotte. He will end his term at 
the Catawba office at the end of 

He had come to the Catawba 
office originally as interim 
director. Last fall, he offered his 
resignation to First United 

Church in order to stay on in the 
Catawba office while boundary 
negotiations are going on in 
North Carolina, but the church 
refused to accept his resignation. 

Worsley was pastor there from 
1977 until he took the Catawba 

He is a graduate of Johnson C. 
Smith University, Johnson C. 
Smith Seminary, Union 
Seminary in New York, and 
Emory University. 



South African Presbyterian 
To Visit Churches In N.C. 

An elder from the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa will 
visit the Synod April 19-May 12 to speak about the situation in 
South Africa to churches here. Richard Mamaregane is an 
insurance broker from Soweto. 

Plans are still being made for his itineration; churches 
interested in having him speak should contact their presbytery 
offices. He will attend the joint meeting of Albemarle and Cape 
Fear Presbyteries on April 20 and the briefing for com- 
missioners to the General Assembly on May 5-6. 

Queens Nursing Program 
Gains National Accreditation 

Queens College's James D. Vail III Program in Nursing has 
received full accreditation by the National League for Nursing 
based in New York City. This professional association's 
unanimous accreditation was based on detailed examination of 
the Queens program by a committee of the League. 

The Queens nursing program, begun in August 1980, was 
accredited by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing in 
September 1982, and Queens conferred its first bachelor of 
science in nursing degrees on 13 students in May 1984. 

Dr. Carolyn M. Jones, chairman of the division of nursing, 
said that 74 students are currently enrolled in the division. 

Lenoir Presbyterian Named 
Family Doctor Of The Year 

A Lenior Presbyterian has been chosen national family doctor 
of the year for 1984-85 by the American Academy of Family 
Practitioners, the first woman to be selected. Dr. Jane T. 
Carswell is an elder in First Church. She is the daughter of a 
former Presbyterian minister. 

She received a congratulatory letter from President Reagan. 


Trial Of Sanctuary Pastor 
Scheduled For Late June 

The pastor of the first church in the country to publicly 
declare itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees, 
Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona, has had his 
trial set for June 25 on eight indictments for aiding and 
harboring refugees. The Rev. John Fife is charged with 
violating U.S. immigration laws. Fife contends the Central 
Americans are political refugees and face death if they return 

A number of other churches throughout the nation have 
proclaimed themselves publicly as sanctuaries since the 
Arizona church did in 1982. 

Fife told Presbyterians in Atlanta that his church "has always 
openly admitted that we were helping these refugees." 

Bequest Of 12, 000 ITT Shares 
To Fight Global Hunger 

An elder who died in January has left 12,000 shares of ITT 
stock to the Office of World Service and World Hunger in Atlanta 
"to be used for aid and assistance to the hungry and needy at 
home and abroad." Lewis N. Thomas of Charleston, W.V., was 
chief executive of Carbon Fuels, Inc. The stock's estimated 
value currently is $700,000. 

Thomas helped establish the Office of Aging in 1979 with a 
$15,000 gift. 

Former Stated Clerk Joins 
Peace Organization's Staff 

William P. Thompson has been elected associate secretary- 
general of the World Conference on Religion and Peace. 
Thompson was stated clerk of the United Presbyterian Church 
from 1966 to 1983 and interim clerk along wth James Andrews of 
the reunited church during its first year. Andrews defeated 
Thompson in the election for the office last June. 

The Conference includes people of all faiths. 

APRIL, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

Three Synods Meet: 
Getting To Know Each Other 

A beautiful day marked the ground-breaking for 
the new wing of the Presbyterian Home at High 
Point, now one component under the Board of 
Governors of the Presbyterian Homes (plural). Dr. 
Charles Speegle of Fayetteville chairs this group, 
which has other homes under active consideration. 

The General Assembly Council met in San Diego 
with continuing progress in the development of a 
1986 budget for "the whole church." Synod's Council 
had its own budget matters as it considered the 
report brought by budget committee moderator 
Russell Roebuck of Wilson. A per capita increase to 
$1.49 and a benevolence budget up about 10 percent 
will go to Synod this year. 

Claude Godwin and I, in behalf of the General 
Assembly and Synod, have been meeting with 
presbytery councils. In Asheville we were joined by 
Betty Henderson of Hendersonville and Bill Sherrill 
of Salisbury; in Albemarle by John Alexander of 
Rocky Mount and Mary Lib Phipps of Raleigh. We 
were impressed by the interest and the cordiality of 
these councils and appreciated their questions. 

Plans continue to move toward the tri-synod 
meeting at Lynchburg, Virginia. Some have asked, 
"What's happening?" We still do not know where 
synod boundaries will be. Already Asheville and 

Concord Presbyteries have picked up churches 
from Holston (former UP), an east Tennessee 
presbytery that overlapped into western North 
Carolina. With that change, the Synod of North 
Carolina is essentially a "stateline Synod." The 
Synod of the Virginias, however, includes Virginia, 
West Virginia, D.C., and a fringe of Maryland. The 
Synod of the Piedmont includes North Carolina, 
Virginia, D.C., Maryland, and Delaware. 
Meanwhile, West Virginia is for the most part in the 
Synod of the Trinity (former UP) along with 


The Tri-Synod meeting (N.C., Virginias, 
PiedrtSont) is a step in getting acquainted and will 
undoubtedly help us understand others' points of 

Whatever happens regarding boundaries, 
whether we go to "super Synod" with Piedmont 
boundaries plus West Virginia, or to a Synod of the 
two Carolinas, or continue with North Carolina 
alone, it is helpful for us to see through others' eyes. 
Perhaps this is especially important for all of us in 
this state since we have the largest number of black 
Presbyterians of any state (mostly former UP) and 
one of the stronger synods (mostly former US) in 
the new denomination. 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

Experiencing God 
In The Unfamiliar 

I have discovered it is in conditions which offer 
contrasts that I have opportunities to grow and even 
excel as a human spirit. Like many, however, I 
purposely avoid new and different situations. The 
nature of this resistance lies in my lack of faith, fear 
of the future, and idolization of my present 
situation. I also recognize that because of this 
behavior I work against The Spirit of God, which is 
present in all situations and not just in the ones with 
which I am familiar. I am tempted to associate the 
Spirit of God with certain places, people, and 
events. Frankly, it comes as a recurring surprise to 
discover that God can be found in all sorts of places, 
people, and events that are far beyond my 
experiences and expectations. Such must have been 
the experience of the children of Israel as they 
moved from place to place. In each new place and 
event they found God— tutoring and leading them. 
They found God in slavery, in freedom, and in their 
imprisonment. The Psalmists ask in Psalms 139:7, 
"Where could I go to escape from you? Where could 
I get away from your presence? ' ' 

As a child I was taught that God is everywhere. 

Yet I have often been guilty of aligning in my mind 
"the eternal" with the familiar that is transient and 
temporary. Since I left my native home, Detroit, 
Michigan, in August of 1963 on a Greyhound bus 
bound to Livingstone College in Salisbury, North 
Carolina, until this present moment, I have 
discovered and rediscovered the presence of God in 
moments, places, and people that I would have 
never imagined. In my journey I have learned (and 
forgotten) to be open to contrasts and change even 
though I simultaneously resist them. My experience 
with God has taught me to be vulnerable, yet I 
persist in resisting change, and associate God with 
the familiar and the traditional. But each time I do 
this I become stagnant, content, lazy, and 
spiritually out of tune. On the other hand, each 
time I experience new places and events and make 
new friends I rediscover the spirit of God through 
Christ, unfolding, revealing, and tutoring my spirit. 

So today— I will drive a new way home, meet a 
new friend, and try to hear and see new things in a 
new way, knowing that God can also be found there. 


The Innocent 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 

"My God, my god, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27: 46 

There were three crosses on Calvary the day they crucified our Lord, 
On two of the crosses there were men dying because of their crimes. On 
the other cross was the innocent, sinless Son of God. But all alike they 
died; the guilty and the innocent. And Jesus cried out, "Why, why has 
God forsaken me?" That anguished cry of "why?" "where is God?" 
brings Jesus very close to all of us. Why does God allow a world in which 
a needed good man must suffer just as evil men must suffer? Does that 
mean that evil is stronger than God, than good? 


The basic answer of the Christian faith to the power of evil in the 
world is the resurrection. Jesus did die on the cross, just as the 
criminals died. His death was real. His suffering was real. But suffering 
and death were not the end of the story. After his death came his 
resurrection: "Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first 
fruits of them that slept. . .for he must reign till he has put all enemies 
under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (I Cor. 
15:20, 25, 26, K.J. translation) The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the 
dead was the faith that brought those first disciples out from hiding 
behind locked doors. They had seen Jesus alive after they had seen him 
dead. Those who had seemed so weak and helpless and afraid after the 
crucifixion now found strength and hope that enabled them to be the 
first Christian church. They were not defeated by all the power of all the 
forces of evil. That is the faith that has enabled "ten thousand times ten 
thousand" to find the grace and strength to be His church now through 
twenty centuries, against all kinds of the powers of evil. The Christian 
faith does not bid us deny that evil exists, does not bid us to close our 
eyes and try to fool ourselves. The Christian faith enables us to an 
honest facing of the darkness, with the basic assurance that this is not 
the end of the story. 


It seems to me that we never live so long or become so accustomed to 
suffering and loss that the pain of it all no longer touches us. The 
answer, I believe, is not to deny that evil exists. Once again as I have 
lived through another Easter season in a world where there is war and 
famine and suffering and death; death of those far away and death of 
some very near and very dear friends, I have found special help by 
what is the old, old story expressed in a new way, for me, at least, in the 
writings of Hans Kung, a contemporary Roman Catholic theologian. 
"How shall we justify God in the face of the terror of nature and 
history?" he writes. And he answers in these words: "By justifying the 
innocent victim, Jesus through his resurrection before the 
establishment which murdered him. Thus ultimately God does not 
allow the murderer to triumph over the innocent victim." 
(The Ecuminist, Jan.-Feb. 1979) 

Black Concerns In Higher 
Education Examined At Meeting 

Queens Administrator — 

A symposium on "Black 
Concerns in Higher Education" 
was held at Davidson College on 
April ll. The first of its kind in the 
southeast, the meeting featured 
nationally prominent authorities 
on the black experience in higher 

The speakers include Dr. 
Robert L. Albright, president of 
Johnson C. Smith University; Dr. 
Marcus Alexis, chairman of the 
economics department at 
Northwestern University; Dr. C. 

Eric Lincoln, professor of 
religion at Duke University; and 
Dr. Bertha L. Maxwell, chairman 
of the department of Afro- 
American and African studies at 
the University of North Carolina 
at Charlotte. 

Subjects addressed included 
recruiting black students for 
predominantly white colleges, 
affirmative action, Afro- 
American studies, and the future 
of historically black colleges. 

North Carolina National Bank 
co-sponsored the symposium. 

Continued From Page One 

A naturalized U.S. citizen, she 
came to this country in 1959 as a 
Fulbright lecturer at the Univer- 
sity of Tennessee. Before becom- 
ing associated with Queens in 
1969, she taught English at Seton 
Hall University. 

At Queens, Dr. Tyson has serv- 
ed in numerous capacities 
besides her current one, in- 
cluding professor of English, 
chairman of the division of 
humanities, and dean of the col- 

Dr. Tyson will be the eighth 
president of the 143-year-old 

Virginia institution since it 
became a college in 1923. She suc- 
ceeds outgoing president Virginia 
L. Lester, who said, "After 
meeting with Dr. Tyson and ap- 
preciating her grasp of the 
challenges and opportunities that 
lie ahead for Mary Baldwin, I feel 
extremely comfortable turning 
this institution over to her." 

In Charlotte, Dr. Tyson has 
taken an active part in church 
and community affairs. She is an 
elder at Covenant Presbyterian 

She will assume her new office 
on July 1. Dr. Tyson, who is 
divorced, has two children. 

Two Former Moderators Die 

Continued From Page One 

Hanover Presbytery in 1970. 
Twice he served as moderator of 
the Synod of Virginia. 

Thompson was a leader in the 
movement toward reunion in the 

His wife, Helen B. Thompson, 
died in 1962. Surviving are a son, 
the Rev. Ernest T. Thompson, 
Jr., and a daughter, Helen T. 
Shires; two brothers; and seven 

Boggs was executive secretary 
of the executive committee on 
Christian education and 
ministerial relief for the General 

Assembly from 1943 to 1950 and 
executive secretary of the Board 
of Annuities and Relief from 1950 
to 1954. Previously, he had served 
pastorates in Texas, Oklahoma, 
South Carolina, Georgia, and 

"He always had a smile on his 
face," recalled Peggy 
Witherspoon, administrative 
assistant to the stated clerk of 
Synod, whose family moved to 
Shreveport, Louisiana, and 
joined Boggs's church when Ms. 
Witherspoon was 10. "He 
remembered your name, and 
that was reassuring to a child ' ' 

Boggs was born in 1883 and 

educated at Davidson College, 
Austin Seminary, the University 
of Texas, and Biblical Seminary 
in New York. 

He was moderator of the Synod 
of Louisiana, the Synod of 
Oklahoma, and several pres- 

He was honorably retired by 
Red River Presbytery in 1954. 

Boggs married Louise Sheldon 
in 1915. Their daughter is 
Marjorie Louise Lovelace and 
their son the Rev. Wade H. Boggs 
Jr., who taught at the 
Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education for many years. 



APRIL, 1985 

China: Documentary Shows Detailed, Varied Picture 

an exploration of religious ex- 
perience around the world. 

The producers obtained 
autonomy and access to areas 
previously off-limits to foreign 
journalists for their filming. The 
result shows a wide variety of 
Chinese people from a cross- 
section of Chinese society in many 
different phases of their lives: 
rice farmers and bamboo cutters, 
welders and lathe operators, 
students and teachers, Com- 
munist leaders and Daoist 
priests; in locations ranging from 
rural villages and factory towns 
to a coal mine, a prison, and a 
porcelain plant. 

The series looks at history and 
great leaders, tradition and its 
hold, diet, work, religious beliefs 
and Communist attitudes toward 
them, marriage and family life, 

Interest of American Chris- 
tians in China has quickened in 
recent years with the reopening 
of that land to western eyes and 
the opportunity for Chinese 
believers to once more practice 
their faith openly. Presbyterians 
in particular awaken strong 
associations from the memory of 
the mission field. 

Now those fascinated by China 
can examine it in unusual detail 
through a 12-part series on PBS, 
May 6-July 22. Filmed on location 
over an 18-month period during 
1981-83, the British series won an 
International Emmy for best 
documentary of 1984 after being 
televised in England. 

Executive producer Peter Mon- 
tagnon co-produced Kenneth 
Clark's noted Civilisation series 
and produced The Long Search, 

Many Ways To 
The Church 

ByW. Kirk Allen 

There are many ways of making meaningful and valuable gifts to the 
Church. We have just read recently of a bequest in a will of $7 million to 
the Presbyterian Church by a lady in California. Not many of us could 
be that generous in our wills. But most of us could remember the 
Church in some way in our wills— with a few hundred dollars, or even 
with a few thousand. Praise God for the lady from California ! 

Others have purchased life-insurance policies, paid the premiums, 
and given the policy to the Church. Most of us can afford the monthly or 
quarterly premiums over a period of years, with the result being that, 
at our deaths, we are able to leave a sizeable legacy to the work of the 
Church. This is a way of fulfilling the words of the last Beatitude of the 
Bible: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth." 
"Blessed, indeed," says the Spirit, "That they may rest from their 
labors, for their deeds follow them ! " 

Not long ago a couple, husband and wife, gave some stock which had 
greatly appreciated over the years they had owned it. After a relatively 
brief period the company was purchased and the stock was sold. The 
Church, which was the recipient of the stock, now has a foundation 
worth over $2 million. The earnings from this fund will be appropriated 
each year to benevolent causes. , 

Others of us can give small gifts, which, when added to other small 
gifts, can amount to large and meaningful funds for the ongoing work of 
the Church. That is why we are encouraging members in churches 
across the Synod to make $100 contributions to the N.C. Presbyterian 
Foundation. If enough of us do this, we can use the earnings from such a 
fund to strengthen the work of our campus ministry, the education of 
future ministers at Union Seminary in Richmond, the ministry to 
families through the Home at Barium Springs, and the many other 
ways we seek to do, together, the work of our Lord. 

If you are interested in making such a contribution, either $100 in cash 
or a $1,000 insurance policy, or a $1 million legacy through a will, write 
to me and we will talk. My address is P.O. Box 606, Montreat, N.C. 

health care and the legal system, 
the arts, philosophy and science, 
and trade. 

Robert MacNeil and Jim 
Lehrer host the series, introduc- 

"The Heart of 


Continued From Page Two 

in South Africa and for peace 
with justice, for the families of 
those arrested or killed, and for 
the leadership of South Africa 
that it would seek peace without 
using violence. 

ing the episodes and presenting 
background, as well as interview- 
ing experts on China. 

The series incorporates rare 
archival film footage and still 

The series is scheduled to be 

Group Offers To 
Buy Out Church 

The St. Louis Dispatch 
reported recently that a group of 
conservative Presbyterian lea- 
ders has offered money to a 
Presbyterian pastor along with a 
Suggestion that he withdraw from 
the pulpit and allow a conser- 
vative group to take over his 
church, Presbyterian News 
Service said. 

The group, according to the 
Dispatch, included three 
members of Central Presby- 
terian Church in Clayton, one of 
the larger churches in Missouri. 
The Rev. Robert Tabscott of Des 
Peres Presbyterian Church in 
Frontenac said the proposal was 
made to him in meetings. 

rebroadcast during the 1985-86 
school year. A companion 
volume, The Heart of the Dragon, 
by Alasdair Clayre, is on sale in 

lor ^oung Children 

The following children have 
recited the children's catechism, 
for which the Synod has awarded 
them certificates and $15 each : 

David Burns Goldston, First 
Church, Whiteville; Kathy 
Ridings, First Church, 
Hendersonville; Susan Kerry 
Watson, Rutherfordton Church, 
Rutherford ton; Scarlett Blue 
Keith, John William O'Brien, 
Kathryn Harper O'Brien, Chad 
Lee Fogleman, Ashley Paige 
Keith, bethesda Church, 
Aberdeen; Ritchie Thomas, 
Ashley Swaringen, Natalie Kidd, 
Melissa Fry, Brian Porter, Brian 
Mauldin, and Jennifer Irvin from 
Covenant Church, Concord. 

— Conferences, Meetings, Workshops — 

Peace and Justice 

A seminar on "Making Peace 
and Doing Justice" will train par- 
ticipants in advocacy and 
organizing; it will emphasize a 
theological basis for public-policy 
advocacy, practical skills, and 

Sponsors: Peacemaking Pro- 
gram, Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.); among others, 
Disciples of Christ, Episcopal 
Church, United Church of Christ, 
United Methodist Church. 

Date and location: May 3-4, St. 
Mark's United Methodist Church, 
Raleigh; registration deadline 
April 26; registration fee $12, 
which includes supper Friday 
and lunch Saturday; mail 
registration and make check 
payable to: Nancy Paar, 1401 

Dixie Trail, Raleigh, N.C. 27607. 

Spiritual Response 

A seminar on "A Spiritual 
Response to Alcoholism and Drug 
Dependency" will center on 
spiritual dimensions of caring for 
recovering addicts and their 
families, focusing as well on 
prevention, the impact of addic- 
tion on the family, and helping 
the addict. The workshop is 
designed for ministers, 
counselors, and other human- 
services professionals. 

Sponsors: The Ecumenical In- 
stitute, at Wake Forest Universi- 
ty and Belmont Abbey College, as 
well as other sponsors. 

Presenters: The Rev. Gordon 


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Challenging and rewarding work in a beautiful setting. Contact: Director 
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Date and location: May 13-16. 
Wildacres, near. Little 
Switzerland; registration 
deadline May 1 ; register with the 
Ecumenical Institute at Belmont 
Abbey College, Belmont, N.C. 
28012, (704)825-3371; registration 
fee $75, which covers all sessions, 
materials, and room and board 
(make check to The Ecumenical 

Study in 
The Holy Land 

St. George's College in 
Jerusalem offers courses on 
topics like the Palestine of Jesus, 
the Bible and its setting, and the 
Bible and the Holy Land today. 
The study involves lectures, ar- 
chaeological field trips (60-75 per- 
cent of the course), and personal 
research. Courses of two, three, 
and four weeks are offered from 
February through August, with a 
ten-week course from the end of 
September to the beginning of 

For more information or to bor- 
row a 30-minute videotape on the 
program, contact the Rev. 
Leighton B. McKeithen, P.O. Box 
801, Clinton, N.C. 28328. 

Protestant Heritage Tour 

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Dr. Ramsay Tells Of 
Trip To Africa 

The Albemarle Presbyterian 

April, 1985 

Stewardship Workshop- Retreat 
Planned For The "Beach" 

On Sunday, March 17, Dr. Nan- 
cy Ramsay of Louisville 
Theological Seminary returned 
to First Presbyterian Church in 
Rocky Mount to share with the 
members her experiences from 
her trip to Africa. Dr. Ramsay 
was a member of a fact-finding 
tour sponsored by the 
Presbyterian Hunger program of 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.). The group traveled 
through those areas in Africa 
most devastated by famine and 

At First Presbyterian Church 
Dr. Ramsay led a discussion in an 
adult Sunday School class, 
delivered the sermon "An Invita- 
tion to Life" at the morning wor- 
ship service, and was the prin- 
cipal speaker at a covered-dish 
luncheon after worship. At the 
luncheon, she presented slides 
and narration of her trip to Africa 
in December. Her visit to First 

Receive Exam 
Survival Kits 

The Campus Ministry program 
at East Carolina University has 
received tremendous support 
from 32 churches in the 
Presbytery who have 
volunteered to make 1000 Exam 
Survival Kits. Each Presbyterian 
student will receive a bag con- 
taining a variety of goodies 
designed to make studying less 
frustrating, such as a candy bar, 
a tea bag, a pen or pencil, a 
packet of hot cocoa, etc. Each kit 
will also include a card describ- 
ing the Presbyterian Campus 
Ministry program, and a per- 
sonal note of encouragement 
from the church making this kit. 
The purpose of the project is to 
reach as many students as possi- 
ble in a very tangible way, to help 
them realize that we care, and to 
involve the members of local con- 
gregations in Campus Ministry. 

Students will be asked to pick 
up' the kits April 22-24 at the 
Mendenhall Student Center. If 
you have ECU students in your 
family or congregation, please 
encourage them to participate in 
this project — there is a kit with 
his or her name on it! To learn 
more about this program, con- 
tact: Presyterian Campus Chris- 
tian Life, 501 E. 5th St., Green- 
ville N.C. 27834. 

Nancy Ramsay 

Church was part of her commit- 
ment to share with others her ex- 
periences in the hope of increas- 
ing the church's response to the 
situations in Africa. 

Registrations for Albemarle 
Presbytery camps are coming in 
daily. At press time, total enroll- 
ment was about a quarter of 
capacity. Some popular weeks 
are reaching the half-full mark. 
Don't miss out on the fun — 
register now to guarantee your 

Camp Albemarle, on the banks 
of Bogue Sound, offers swimm- 
ing, sailing, canoeing, crafts, 
recreation, music, worship, and 
Bible Study. Campers will be 
learning about the Ten Com- 
mandments this summer, as they 
make new friends and grow in 
faith and love, and in personal 
skills. Special off-site camps for 

A workshop-retreat for 
Albemarle pastors, selected lay- 
persons and spouses will be held 
May 17 and 18 at Morehead City 
First Church and an Atlantic 
Beach motel. 

The stated purpose is for people 
from churches to: 

— become familiar with the 1985 
stewardship theme materials 
provided by the General 
Assembly, particularly the 
Stewardship Manual and 
Pentecost Plan 

— learn from each other about 
particular stewardship efforts 
which have proved successful in 

senior highs are also available. 

Below are the camps still open 
for summer 1985: 

June 16-22 — Grades 3-5*, June 
23-29 — Grades 4-6, June 30-July 2 
— Grade 2, July 7-13 — Grades 
8-10, July 14-20— Grades 6-8, July 
19-21— Grades 9-12 (Sailing), July 
21-27— Grades 3-5, July 28-August 
3— Grades 4-6, August 1-4— 
Grades 9-12 (Rafting), August 4- 
10-Grades 6-8. 

♦All grades are grade com- 

For more information and a 
registration form see the 
brochure, "Coastal Presbytery 
Camps," or contact the Rev. Bob 
McCuIly (919)827-5054. 

More Women, 

The percentage of female of- 
ficers in Albemarle Presbytery 
has increased in the past year. 
According to the latest statistical 
update compiled by the Sub- 
committee on Women's Concerns 
27 percent of its officers were 
women in 1983 and 29 percent in 

As in 1983, all but 5 of the 49 
churches in Albemarle Presby- 
tery had female officers. All but 
6 churches had female elders, a 
decrease from 7 churches in 1983. 

Lynne Marks, chairperson, 
said "Churches in our Presbytery 
who are working towards giving 
fair representation to women in 
their congregations according to 
the Book of Order G-9.104 and 
G-14.0201 are to be highly com- 

CE Committee 
Offers Aid 
For Conferences 

Albemarle Presbytery will pro- 
vide financial assistance to 
adults (clergy and lay) who are 
interested in attending the Mon- 
treat Christian Education Con- 
ference or the Youth Leadership 
Development Conference. Both 
conferences are scheduled for the 
week of July 14 — 20. In return for 
the assistance. The Presbytery 
will require the participants to 
help with our Christian Educa- 
tion programs and our Youth 
Ministries programs during the 
1985-86 school year. 

The theme for the CE. Con- 
ference is "Images: Education 
as an Instrument of 
Faithfulness". The Youth 
Leadership Conference is aimed 
at enabling youth leaders to 
discover and to develop their own 
unique leadership skills. 

Contact Steve Aschmann at 
243-3115, or at P.O. Box 3184 
Wilson, N.C. 27895-3184 for more 
information about this fine oppor- 

The Junior High Retreat for the 
Spring of 1985 will be held at the 
Holiday Inn in Nags Head, N.C. 
The dates for the retreat are May 
18-19, with Registration being 
held at the Outer Banks 
Presbyterian Church Saturday, 
May 18, at 11 a.m. There will be 
space available for 80 par- 
ticipants with the registration 

the past. 

— examine their feelings about 
money and motivations for giving 

— engage in worship and Bible 
study that will place stewardship 
in its theological context, and 

— plan together for future events 
of this nature so as to help the 
presbytery provide the resources 
appropriate to the needs of the 
pastors and church lay leaders. 

To register, send the number of 
people and $9.00 (includes room, 
meals, and materials) per person 
by April 24th to the Presbytery of- 
fice. Early registrants will 
receive a Stewardship Packet. 
Scholarships are available. 

Those coming to the workshop 
should bring the following with 
them: 1985 Church budgets, 
stewardship materials and ideas 
that have worked for you, your 
Bible, General Assembly 
Stewardship Packet. 

To Discuss 
New Plan 

The annual Presbyterial will 
meet at Wilson First Church 
April 25, at 10:00 a.m. Registra- 
tion and coffee will begin at 9:30. 

In addition to regular business 
approximately an hour and a half 
will be spent "going over and 
reacting to the new plan for 
Presbyterian women," said 
president Augusta Haberyan. 
The WOC of the former U.S. 
Church and the UPW of the 
former UP church will soon 
become one organization. 

There will be an election and in- 
stallation of new officers. 

Lunch at 12:30 will be followed 
by brief workshops for Birthday 
Interpreters and District Chair- 

form deadline being May 8. The 
cost of the event will be $30.00. 

The theme for this year's Spr- 
ing Fling will be "How to Raise 
Your Parents." The leadership 
team consists of Rick Tatum, 
chair, and Sandy Davis of 
Elizabeth City, Pam Burnette 
and Bruce Ford of Fountain, and 
Steve Aschmann of Wilson. 

Calendar of Events 

(All meetings at Presbytery Office unless stated otherwise. ) 

19-21 Synod Youth Retreat, Ft. Caswell 
20 Albemarle/Cape Fear Presbyteries, Wilson First, 9:30 a.m. 

22 Presbytery Staff, 10:00 a.m. 

24 Junior High Task Force, Williamston, 11 :00 a.m. 

25 Annual Presbyterial, Wilson First, 10:00 a.m. 

28 Committee on Ministry, 4:30 p.m. 

29 Stewardship and Finance Committee, 6:00 p.m. 


1 Campus Ministry Committee, 6:00 p.m. 

2 Camp Committee, 6:00 p.m. 
4 Youth Council, 2:00 p.m. 

5-6 Synod Briefing for GA Commissioners, Camp Carraway 

8 Registration Deadline for Junior High Retreat 

16 Christian Education Committee Work Day, 9:00 a.m. 

17- 18 Stewartdship Workshop, Morehead City 

18- 19 Junior High Retreat, Nags Head 

21-22 N.C. Joint Boundaries Committee, Camp Carraway 

23 Church Relations Committee, 6:00 p.m. 
25 Briefing for Synod Commissioners 

29 Presbytery Staff, 10:00 a.m. 
30-June 1 Synods of N.C, Va's, Piedmont-Lynchburg College 

"The Resource Corner" 

For your reference use in the office: 
The New American Standard Bible: a topical chain study Bible. 
The New King James Version: includes center-column references. 
The Comparative Study Bible : a parallel Bible. 
The New International Version: includes a concordance, maps, etc. 
The New Oxford Annotated Bible: the RSV including the Apocrypha. 
The King James Version: includes a concordance, time lines and maps. 
The New Testament In Modern English: by J.B. Phillips. 
The Book of Jewish Knowledge: a concise encyclopedia of Judaism. 

Join The Fun At Camp! 



APRIL, 1985 


The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII Number 4 Sally McQueen, Editor April, 1985 

Camp Grier Is The Place To Be 

Ebenezer was the first 
Presbyterian Church to be 
established in Ashe County. Now 
served by the Rev. Mr. Van 
Wyatt of McRady in Wilkes Coun- 
ty, the congregation has services 
each Sunday. Mr. Wyatt grew up 
in the church under the pastorate 
of the Rev. John Luke. 

The Peak Creek Presbyterian 
Church building which had fallen 
into disrepair has been complete 
ly restored from the foundation 
up by two members of the con- 
gregation and plans are being 
made to begin regular services in 

Youth Night at King's Moun- 
tain Church is proving to be suc- 
cessful as young people come on 
Wednesday evenings from 5 : 15 to 
7:30 when they are joined by 
older members of the congrega- 
tion. Music, instruction, crafts 
and other activities are followed 
by supper served by adult 

Sue Ramseur (Mrs. Jack) of 
the Lincolnton Church was 
chosen for the Jefferson Award 
sponsored by Station WBTV of 
Charlotte in recognition of com- 
munity service. 

The Membership Committee of 
the Session of Second 
Presbyterian Church, Kan- 
napolis, reports encouraging 
results from efforts to restore the 
peace by settling the division 
over its denominational affilia- 
tion. Results of the visitation of 
members indicates beyond doubt 
the church will remain a strong 
and effective congregation within 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), says the report. 

The Lexington Single's Club 
has been established by the First 
Presbyterian Church, Lexington, 
the First Methodist and First 
Lutheran Churches. Participants 

Concord Presbyterian Church 
at Loray hosted the Annual 
Meeting held Saturday, March 
30. Over 300 women attended. 

The focus of the meeting was on 
worship, the introduction of a 
new scholarship, and presenta- 
tion of the New Design for 
women's work. 

On behalf of the Committee on 
Women, Mary Margaret Hunter 
presented a plaque to Sally Mc- 
Queen in recognition of a new 
scholarship fund created in her 
honor. This scholarship is to be 
awarded to a woman wishing to 
enter the ministry or fields of 
Christian education. 

Special guest speaker, Mrs. 
Cathy Vaughn, Chairperson of 
the Ministry Group, presented 
the PCUSA plan for women in the 

Congregations can have a 
very positive effect on singles 
and vice versa. We must first 
realize that one is a whole 
number, and that people can find 
meaning to life as a single. 
Singles need to be included in the 
life and work of the congregation. 
How many singles do you have 
teaching Sunday School? How 
many serve on your Board ol 
Deacons or Session? How manv 
have never been asked to do 

The Presbytery of Concord is 
fortunate to have an excellent 
Singles Committee. It is 

range from the early twenties to 
retirement age. 

First Church, Hickory, held a 
Trivial Pursuit Night in March, 
pitting men against women. 
Results have not been published. 

The Shallowford Church is par- 
ticipating in the Lewisville 
Ecumenical Visitation program. 
The goal is to welcome 
newcomers and to provide them 
with information about the com- 
munity and its churches. Visita- 
tion is done by teams of two per- 
sons, representing different chur- 
ches and training will be provid- 

First and Calvary 
Presbyterian Churches of 
Statesville have cooperated in a 
Peacemaking Task Force that 
presented three aspects of the 
situation in Nicaragua in a series 
of Sunday evening discussions 
open to the public. 

The second annual World Mis- 
sion Conference was held by the 
Reynolds Church, Winston- 
Salem, with the goal of suppor- 
ting ten foreign missionary 
couples. Speakers included 
Willard Fuller, Executive Direc- 
tor of Habitat for Humanity; 
Howard Chadwick, Director of 
the Presbyterian Outreach Foun- 
dation and two former members 
of the persecuted churches 
behind the iron curtain. 

Junior High young people of 
First Church, Lenoir, spent a 
weekend in March at a 
workcamp project in Lansing 
where they cut wood and plowed 
gardens for elderly mountain 

First Church, Cherryville, has 
24 dark brown choir robes in good 
condition to give away. Call Dave 
Coffee, pastor. 

A skit, "The Wiz- 
ard of WOC", was used 
to introduce the New Design. As 
Mrs. Vaughn detailed the outline, 
the women followed along using 
their printed copy of the plan. 
After lunch written questions of 
concern from the women were 
addressed by Mrs. Vaughn. Also, 
the women completed a question- 
naire that is to be sent to the 
Working Team. These responses 
will be reviewed by the Team and 
incorporated into the next phase 
of the design to be presented in 
July at the Montreat Women's 
Conference and the UPW Na- 
tional Meeting at Purdue. 

Communion was a most signifi- 
cant way to end a meeting that 
was joyous in worship, infor- 
mative, and left the women with 
anticipation for union and growth 
both physically and spiritually. 

composed of Betty Benner, 
Morganton; Joyce Ruark, 
Charlotte; Gary Durfee, 
Kannapolis; Beth Ann Miller, 
Morganton; Sarah Pickard, 
Morganton; Jack Steele, 
Taylors ville; Irene Roberts, 
Gastonia; Pat Hodge, Lenoir; 
and Kathy Garrou, Morganton. 
You will be hearing more from 
this committee in the coming 
months. This article is just an 
attempt to get you thinking about 
a most exciting possibility of 
minsitry within your 
congregation: a ministry with 
and to singles. 

Great things are planned for 
the Summer Camping Program 
at Camp Grier in 1985. Our 
summer staff is hired - an 
excellent staff from the churches 
of Concord and Mecklenburg 
Presbyteries. We are now in the 
process of recruiting volunteer 
counselors from our local 

The strength of the program at 
Camp Grier revolves around 
three factors : 

(a.) The high quality of our 
paid staff - commitment ot Jesus 
Christ, love of children, and 
camping skills. 

(b.) The dedication of 
Ministers and Church Educators 
who volunteer their time and 
skills to lead in-depth small group 
Bible study. 

(c.) The "special people" who 
volunteer themselves for 
Christian ministry to the youth of 
Concord and Mecklenburg 
Presbyteries for one week. 



25 Church Development Com- 
mittee— 3:00p.m. 

30 Area Gathering of Retirees 
First Presbyterian 
Church, Mocksville— 10:30 
a.m. -2:30 p.m. 

30 Communication Commit- 
tee— 10:00a.m. 


1 Area Gathering of Re- 

Waldensian Presbyterian 
Church, Valdese— 10:30 
a.m. -2:30 p.m. 
1 Candidates Committee— 1 

9 Presbytery Coordinating 
Council— 9 a.m. 

14 Committee on Women of 
Presbytery— 10 a.m. 

15 Nominating Committee— 

21 Committee on Ministry— l 

23 Church Development 


14-15 Stated Meeting of Presby- 
tery, Lees-McRae 


Application forms for 
help in local projects from 
the 2 C a meal offering may 
be obtained from the 
Hunger Enabler at Pres- 
bytery's Office. 

The unique, quality program 
and ministry of church camping 
not only lies on a proper balance 
of Bible study and "fun" 
activities, but also on the fact 
that we recruit volunteer 
counselors from the churches of 
our presbyteries. Members are 
given the opportunity for 
Christian ministry and to have a 
"hands on" experience with 
children and youth. We value our. 
volunteer counselors as they are 
the "grass roots" of our Summer 
Camping ministry. Each 
volunteer cojnselor is paired 
with a "paid staff member" - a 
college student from one of our 
churches who has been 
interviewed as to Christian 
commitment. The volunteer 
experience is a shared ministry 
to the campers of our churches in 
which paired counselors act as a 
"team" sharing responsibility, 
skills, and interests. We need 
people who love children and are 
physically capable of Christian 
ministry in a camping setting. 

"Do unto others as you would 
have them do unto you." The con- 
gregation of the Waldensian 
Presbyterian Church decided to 
put that principle into action and 
provide help for refugees. 

Four years ago the session 
voted to sponsor a refugee family 
and a refugee committee was 
formed. Communication was 
established with the Refugee 
Resettlement Office in Atlanta. 
The church made application for 
a family from Eastern Europe. 
On both occasions they were 
denied admission to our country. 
Finally, a family of four young 
people from Saigon, Viet Nam, 
was approved. 

The Tran family arrived in 
June of 1982, and consisted of Thu 
(22) and her three brothers 
Chung (25), Long (18), and Than 
(17). Their arrival created great 
interest among the Waldenses, 
who had migrated to the United 
States in 1893 from northern Ita- 

The Refugee Committee did an 
excellent job of assisting the 
family to make an adjustment to 
American life. A furnished home 
was provided, and jobs were 
secured in a textile plant for the 
two young adults who were also 
enrolled in English classes 
through the community college. 
The two younger boys were 
enrolled in the local high school. 

The family is hard working and 
eager to learn. Within a short 
time, the younger boys were 

Our volunteer counselors gain 
ownership of the camping 
program and help spread the 
good news of Camp Grier. 

All the lodges at Camp Grier 
have been renovated. New cook- 
out shelters, tent platforms are 
being built. A hogan renovation 
project is now in process. Some 
new events planned for the 
summer of 1985 include: an 
advanced "white-water" 
rafting/canoe trip on the 
Nantahala; a sailing camp at 
Lake Norman; and a CIT 
program for Senior Highs. Camp 
brochures with registration 
forms have been distributed to all 
churches. We are experiencing 
an avalanche of registration and 
YES, there is still space 
available! As of April 1 (and this 
is no April Fool's joke) we have 
315 campers registered. 

The news is spreading like a 
flame - Camp Grier is the place to 
be this summer. 

engaged in part-time jobs, with 
one singing in the youth choir at 
church and the other an outstan- 
ding soccer player at high school. 
They have now graduated from 
East Burke High School and are 
freshmen at Western Carolina 
University where Than serves as 
a math tutor. The older two are 
engaged in the study of computer 
science at Catawba Valley 
Technical College. 

All four of the Trans have been 
excellent stewards. Within three 
months they were self- 
supporting. They now own a car, 
pay for their education, and are 
saving their money to purchase a 
home and to bring other family 
members to the United States. 
These four young people have 
won the friendship respect, and 
admiration of the congregation. 

Having the Tran family in 
Valdese has proved to be a very 
rewarding experience for the 
church. It has given the people an 
opportunity to express compas- 
sion for others and to learn of life 
in another culture and religion 

Recently the Waldensian 
Church Session agreed to be 
sponsors for other members of 
the Tran family, when thier 
government permits them to 
migrate to the United States. The 
church is convinced that "in as 
much as ye have done it unto the 
least of these, he have done it un- 
to me." 

Plan For PCUSA Women 

One Is A Whole Number 

Valdese Refugee Ministry 

APRIL, 1985 



Fayetteville Koreans Give Witness-The persons in the above picture 
are members of the choir from the Korean Presbyterian Church in 
Fayetteville as they presented Witness Season '85 programs in our area 
churches. On Sunday, March 24, 1985, the new sanctuary of the Korean 
Presbyterian Church on Ireland Drive was dedicated to the glory of 
Almighty God. 

Youth Council Elects Officers 

Presbytery's Youth Council for 
1985-1986 was elected during the 
LIFE 6 retreat that was held at 
Camp Monroe on March 15-17, 
1985. Members who were elected 
from all five districts listed the 
following names: District I, Roni 
Duff-First Presbyterian Church, 
Sanford, Mark Hamilton-First 
Presbyterian Church, Sanford, 
Buckley Reece-First 
Presbyterian Church, Dunn. 

Fellowship In 

March 7, 1985 

The Presbytery of Fayetteville 
P.O.Box 53627 
Fayetteville, N.C. 28305 

Dear Friends, 

How can we be able to thank all 
the individuals of Presbyterian 
churches who have sacrificially 
donated 2' a meal to our project 
here in Bangladesh! If I had 
every name, I would write them 
all a personal thank you because 
the funds that are raised are 
really essential to the Christian 
Health and Agricultural Project, 
Ahladipur. We are at the lowest 
in funds that we have ever been in 
our short six year history. Your 
constant and significant giving 
has been our lifestay. 

Let me again thank you all, the 
Fayetteville Presbytery, the 
churches, and all church 
members who made both the 
"sowing of two kinds of seeds" 
possible in Bangladesh. Do not 
hesitate to communicate with us. 

Your brothers and sisters 
in Christ 

Presbyterian Fellowship 
In Bangladesh 

by: Craig A. Meisner/PFB 
Business Manager 

District 2, Cameron Tew- 
Southview Presbyterian Church, 
Fayetteville, Rachel Rose- 
MacPherson Presbyterian 
Church, Fayetteville, Audra 
Webb-Galatia Presbyterian 
Church, Fayetteville. 

District 3, Lynn Hodge-Midway 
Presbyterian Church, Maxton, 
William Pleasant-First 
Presbyterian Church, 

. District 4, Dana Thames- 
Church in the Pines, Laurl Hill. 
Robbie Snipes-Montpelier Pres- 
byterian Church, Wagram; *Neil 
McKay-Montpelier Presbyter- 
ian Church, Wagram. 

District 5, Derek Maples- 
Community Presbyterian 
Church, Pinehurst; Susan Moon- 
Culdee Presbyterian Church, 
West End; Becky Hardman- 
Culdee Presbyterian Church, 
West End. 

Hafer Camp 

In 1978 a fund was established 
in memory of Mr. A.B. Hafer. 
The purpose of this fund was to 
provide opportunities for the 
youth of Fayetteville Presbytery 
to attend summer camp at Camp 

Each year the interest from this 
fund is used to give scholarships 
to children who otherwise would 
not be able to attend a camp. 

*This year there are eight full 
scholarships available. Appli- 
cations for these scholarships 
should be submitted through the 
local church session to the Camp 
Sub-Division fo the Division of 
Education, Fayetteville Pres- 
bytery, P.O. Box 53626, Fayette- 
ville, N.C. 28305-3627. 

Applications will be considered 
and approved according to date 
received and individual need. 

Calendar of Events 









Camp Monroe Open House at Camp Monroe 
Pastor's Retreat with Angus McGregor at 

St. Andrews Presbyterian College 
Division of Stewarship and Finance— 6: 30 p.m. 
Church Educators— 12:30 p.m. 

Vacation Church School Workshop at Presbytery Office, 3-5 p.m. 

Division of Outreach and Ecumenical Relations 

PNCL Sub-Committee of the COM— 2:00 p.m. 

Division of Education— 6:00 p.m. 

Men of the Church Rally-Camp Monroe 

Review and Evaluation 

Budget Interface-Camp Monroe-9:00 a.m. 
Committee on Ministry-12 Noon 
Briefing for Commissioners to General Assembly 
Camp Caraway— 12 Noon 
5-6 Presbytery Staff Meeting— 10:00 a.m. 
7 Committee on Nominations— 2:00 p.m. 
9 Presbytery's Council— 2:00 p.m. 

13 Division of Stewardship and Finance— 6:30 p.m. 

14 Women of the Church Retreat-Camp Monroe— 2:00 p.m. 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Mickey dePrater, Editor April, 1985 

1985-86 Council WOC-Seated from the left are: Mrs. Paul C. Green, Mrs. Rudolph, Mrs. Mack 
Hudson, Mrs. Assad Meymandi, Mrs. A.H. McMillan and Mrs. T. H. Lingerfeldt. Standing from the 
left: Mrs. Leroy Martin Jr., Mrs. Danny Strawn, Mrs. Harold Thompson, Miss Norma Underwood, 
Mrs. W.W. Kearney, Mrs. Mike Harper, Mrs. Raymond Blakely, Mrs. David Evans, Mrs. W.m! 
Thompson, Absent from picture is Mrs. Stradford Snively, Mt. Gilead. 

Women Of The Church Hold 
96th Annual Meeting In Sanford 

The First Presbyterian Church 
in Sanford hosted the 96th Annual 
Meeting of the Women of the 
Church, Fayetteville Presbytery, 
held in Sanford, March 16, 1985, 
with over 361 attending. Mrs. J.R. 
McLester, Presbyterial 
president, presided. Mrs. O. 
Dowe Smith, president of the 
Sanford Women of the Church, 
coordinated the meeting and 
welcomed the guests. 

The Invocation was delivered 
by Dr. Wylie Smith, pastor of the 
Middleton Heights Presbyterian 
Church, Laurinburg. Special 
music was presented by the 
Chancel Choir of the Sanford 

During the morning session 
reports of the treasurer and 
committee chairmen were heard. 

Miss Virginia McGirt 
presented the offering 
objective— the Chaplain's 
Ministry, North Carolina 
Correctional Center for Women, 
Raleigh, N.C. This offering 
amounted to $666.45. 

Mrs. W.W. Hatcher, Birthday 
Interpreter, assisted by several 
members, presented a skit telling 
of the 1985 Birthday Objective, 
"The Gift of Lifetime— Enabling 
the Ministry of Older People. " 

Mrs. David Sutton and 
members of the Camp Monroe 
Retreat Committee presented a 
skit announcing the Camp 
Monroe Retreat on May 14th. 

A brief memorial service in 
memory of the 139 members whc 
died in 1984 was conducted by 
Miss Virginia Graham, 
Presbyterial historian. 

An Honorary Life Membershij 
given by the women of th 
Fayetteville Presbytery, wa 
presented, by the historian, to 
Mrs. J.R. McLester. Mrs. 
McLester served as Presbyterial 
president for the past two years. 

A prayer and blessing was 
given by Rev. Richard Hobson 
prior to the luncheon for the 
assembly served at the church at 
12:00 noon. 

During the afternoon session, 
the "New Plan for Women, 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)" 
was presented. 

Inspirational speakers for the 
worship service were Dr. Wylie 
Smith, pastor of Middleton 
Heights Presbyterian Church, 
Laurinburg, and Mrs. Silas M. 
Vaughn, Montreat, chairman 
Synod's Ministry Group on 

At the conclusion of the 
afternoon session, Mrs. George 
V. McLeod installed the following 
officers to serve for the 1985-87 
term: President, Mrs. Mack 
Hudson, Benson; Secretary, Mrs. 
Rudolph Jones, Angier; 
Historian, Mrs. W.M. Thompson, 
Jackson Springs; Personal Faith 
and Family Life, Mrs. Leroy B. 
Martin Jr., Maxton; Leadership 
and Resources, Miss Norma 
Underwood, Rockingham; 
District I Chairman, Mrs. 
Raymond Blakely, Pocket; 
District V Chairman, Mrs. 
Stradford Snively, Mt. Gilead. 

Those officers serving their 
second year are: Vice-president, 
Mrs. Assad Meymandi, 

Loving Memory 

The following elders have been 
recognized for leadership to the 
churches that they served in their 
lifetimes: James Cleon Bailey 
and Elbert Moore Stephenson: 
Providence Presbyterian Chur- 
ch, Angier, North Carolina. 

Vernon Currie, Samuel Dilling, 
and Thomas C. Suther: Jackson 
Springs Presbyterian Church, 
Jackson Springs, North Carolina. 

Men Of The Church 
Spring Rally 

The Men of the Church will hold 
their Spring Rally at Camp 
Monroe on Sunday, April 28,1985. 
Recreation and a walking tour of 
Camp Monroe will begin at 3:30 
p.m. Registration will begin at 5 
p.m. and supper will be served at 
6 p.m. The Reverend W.W. 
Hatcher, Executive Presbyter of 
Fayetteville Presbytery, will be 
the guest speaker. A program 
and songfest will follow the main 

Fayetteville; Treasurer, Mrs. 
Mike Harper, Sanford; Christian 
Community Action, Mrs. Paul C. 
Greene, Eureka; Ecumenical 
Missions and Realtions, Mrs. 
Danny Strawn, Fayetteville; 
White Cross, Mrs. Harold 
Thompson, Fayetteville; 
Chairman of Disfrict II, Mrs. 
W.W. Kearney, Fayetteville; 
Chairman District III, Mrs. A.H. 
McMillan, Parkton; Chairman 
District IV, Mrs. David Evans, 

The ninety-seventh annual 
meeting in 1986 will be at the 
First Presbyterian Church, 

Submitted by 
Virginia Graham 



Catechism. . . 

Five children recited the 
Children's Catechism from 
Bethesda Presbyterian Church in 
Aberdeen. These children were: 
Chad Fogleman, Ashley Keith, 
Scarlett Keith, John O'Brien, and 
Katy O'Brien. 

Homecoming. . . 
Montpelier Presbyterian 
Church in Wagram will celebrate 
Homecoming on Sunday, April 
28. A covered dish dinner will 
follow the 11 o'clock worship 
service. Former pastor, the 
Reverend Vernon Broyles, III, 
will be the guest preacher for this 
special occasion to remember 
God's blessings. 

Presbytery Expenditures 
Receipts through March 31, 1985- 
Disbursements through 

March 31, 1985-$310,721.82 
Expenses over income-$50,260.19 

Camp Monroe Summer Program 

Resident Camp: 






Fees: I 

Resident Camp $90.0C 

Adventure Camp $200. 0C I 

Senior High Conference '. $100.0( 

Adventure Camp: 






APRIL, 1985 

Nicaraguan Urges Delegates 
To 'Tell What You've Seen' 

(Charles Summers is Chaplain at Davidson College and a member 
of the Mecklenburg Presbytery Peacemaking Task Force. He recently 
returned from Nicaragua.) 

While visiting a cooperative farm in the mountains of Nicragua, we 
asked the farmers what message they would like for us to take to the 
American people. One young man, Juan Bilches, thought for a minute 
and answered, "Do like Jesus said. Tell them what you have seen and 

I was in Nicaragua as part of a "Witness for Peace" delegation. 
During our ten days there, we saw and heard a great deal. 

We saw a small, poor country. Nicaragua is a little larger than North 
Carolina, with only half its population. The staple foods are beans, rice 
and tortillas. 

Faucets in the backyard provide the only water for most houses. 
Chicken and pigs wander among the children who play in the dirt 
streets of town. 

We saw a country at war. Horacia Ruiz, a reporter for the opposition 
newspaper La Prenza said, "The war is bleeding the country. It is 
inhuman and evil. It is a very cruel war. How are the 'contras' going to 
win, when they are killing women and children? It is a disgrace." 

10,000 people in this tiny land have died from attacks by the counter- 
revolutionaries; one-third of them were chidlren. Prime targets for 
these attacks have been isolated farms, grain storage silos, health 
clinics, schools, and farm equipment. 

Community leaders like doctors, nurses, and lay preachers are 
targeted for death. People are frequently kidnapped and marched into 
Honduras. In referring to U.S. support for the "contras," one elderly 
woman complained, "This should not be done. We are a small country 
and all this does is treat us like rats ! " 

We saw a land that is proud of its revolution. The national coin has 
two slogans: "In God We Trust" and "Free Country or Death" (the lat- 
ter is a quote from their national hero, Agusto Sandino). Since the over- 
throw of Somoza, Nicaragua has paid attention to its poor people for the 
first time. 

Michael Donovan of the U.S. Embassy in Managua explained, "They 
have made great progress in education and health care. There is an ex- 
celent land redistribution program." 

Nicaragua has doubled the number of schools and tripled the number 
of teachers. The infant mortality rate has been reduced from 25 percent 
to 2 percent, 45,000 families have been given land of their own to farm. 
People even in small towns brag of these accomplishments, and talk 
with hope about the future. 

Father Juan, the Catholic priest of Achuapa, told us, "Please be very 
critical of the (revolutionary) process. By being critical you are defen- 
ding the process." He went on to talk about both the progress and the 
mistakes being made by the new government. 

He encouraged us as Christians to affirm the good things, but to ex- 
pose the mistakes as well. "This is not the Kingdom of God, of course. 
We must celebrate the signs of the Kingdom, and yet remain prophets. 
There are errors made by the government. We are trying to build the 
road as we walk on it. " 

We saw a land with some government controls. There is censorship of 
the press on articles that deal with the "Contras," war news, and shor- 
tages. An unpopular draft law was put into effect two years ago. 
Rationing cards are used to distribute the staple foods and gasoline. 
There is interference with the Catholic hierarchy if it tries to support 
U.S. policy or the "contras." 

In some cases, we found people reluctant to talk openly in the presen- 
ce of Sandinista party members. There are tensions within Nicaragua. 
But for a brand new government with a war on its hands, they seem to 
be treating their people fairly. 

Finally, we saw church people actively involved in all aspects of the 
nation's life. The two cooperative farms we visited had been started by 
Christians in fellowship groups from another town. Each farm had its 
own lay preacher. When we asked if they were communists, they 
laughed and said, "No. We don't know what a communist is. It says in 
the Bible to love one another and to share what you have. That is what 
we are doing here." 

"Tell them what you have seen and heard." 

I make no attempt to forecast where Nicaragua will be in five years. I 
do not know whether Daniel Ortega will prove to be a Joe Stalin or a 
Thomas Jefferson. But based on the current situation, there is no ex- 
cuse for our making war by proxy on this nation. 

As one poor farmer put it, "This war your government is waging hur- 
ts us badly. We can't work our fields. It affects our children and our old 
people. If there was no aggression, we would be happy." 

Based on our experience of Nicaragua, it is clear that U.S. policy 
needs to change. We can make an ally in Central America, rather than 
an enemy, it is time to stop our funding of the "Contras," and open 
negotiations with the Nicaraguan government. It is time we began 
treating them like neighbors, rather than like rats. 

Seniors Invited to Games Event 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor April, 1985 

All persons 55 years of age and 
older are invited to participate in 
the Charlotte/Mecklenburg 
Senior Games May 17 and 18. 

Events will include archery, 
badminton, basketball free 
throw, billiards/eight ball, 
bowling, golf, horseshoes, 
swimming, spin casting, softball 
throw, table tennis, tennis, 
walking, track, and standing 
broad iumD. 

Competition will be divided into 
five-year age groups. Winners 
will be eligible to compete in the 
North Carolina State Games to be 
held in Raleigh in October. 

Registration is $2.00. 
Registration forms must be 
received by April 22. 

For further information 
contact the Charlotte Parks and 
Recreation Department (527- 

Workcamp Is 
Special Time 
Says Camper 

(Ed. Note: This article was 
written after the author 
participated in last summer's 
work camp in Charlottesville, 



It began back in February, 
1984, when I heard that 
Mecklenburg Presbytery was 
planning a work camp. After 
filling out an application, 
being accepted, and having an 
orientation meeting, two 
adults, thirteen other young 
people and I set out for 
Charlottesville, Va. 

At this point we had no idea 
what we had gotten ourselves 
into, but we were all excited. 

Although we did many 
different jobs throughout the 
week which were all special in 
their own way, one really 
stands out in my mind. 

This particular day I was 
told I would be building a 
ramp for an amputee who had 
no way of getting out of her 
house without a great deal of 

So another camper named 
James and I arrived at her 
house and were instructed to 
shovel a 9' x 4' hill of dirt as 
tall as myself, from beside her 

That was quite an 
undertaking for two people, 
but that wasn't the end. Once 
down to ground level we then 
had to make an 18" ditch. 

Eight hours, shovels of dirt, 
and many drops of sweat 
later, this task was 

At this point we met the 
client, who didn't say much, 
but she didn't have to, because 
her eyes and smile said it all. 
She really appreciated it. 

As I look back on that week I 
can think of many special 
moments. I admit there were 
many times I asked myself 
what in the world I was doing, 
but at those moments you 
remember we are all brothers 
and sisters and we have to 
look after one another. 

That's why I did it, and to 
tell the truth, I believe they, 
the clients, gave more to me in 
those few days than I could 
have given them in months of 
work and labor. 

Church Vocations 
To Be Explored 

"Nuturing Leadership for 
Service" is the theme of the 
Church Vocations Exploration 
Conference on May 21. It will be 
held at Johnson C. Smith 
University in Charlotte from 9:00 
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Youth and adults who would 
like to explore the meaning of 
church vocations are encouraged 
to attend. 

The conference is sponsored by 
the Office of Professional 
Development of the Presbyterian 
Church (USA). 

Kentucky To Be Site 
Of 85 Work Camp 

Last year's workcamp 
participants, 14 energetic 
teenagers, are still talking about 
the experience. Now the 
opportunity has come for a 
workcamp in a different setting. 

This year's workcamp will be 
held in Jackson, Kentucky, June 

Jackson is a small town in the 
hills and hollows of the beautiful 
Appalachian mountains. 

The site is vastly different from 
the one last year in 
Charlottesville, Virginia. It is an 
area of extreme poverty, one 
which necessitates the workers' 
supplying their own materials. 

The work will be hard; the 
experience invaluable. . . the 
opportunity to contribute to the 
quality of life of some of our 
poorest citizens, in the name of 

What is a work-camp? 

It is what it says— WORK! But 
it is work AND worship. . .work 
and fellowship . . . work and 

2 C Offering 
Is Up 7.4% 

The 2 Cents a Meal program for 
1985 is off to a great start ! 

The Finance Committee met on 
March 19 and authorized the 
following disbursements : 

$11,500— Elderly Hot Lunch 
Program— Deri ta. 

$2,400— Johnston Memorial 
Presbyterian Elderly Hot Lunch 

$5,166— Metrolina Food Bank. 

The 2 Cents a Meal Offering in 
1984 increased 20% over 1983, and 
7.4% in January and February, 
1985, over January and 
February, 1984. 

sharing . . . work and the 
satisfaction of seeing something 
completed . . . work and 
participating in the ministry of 
Jesus Christ. 

Youth who are 16 years and 
older are invited to be a part of 
the Appalachian Experience. The 
cost is $70. Partial scholarships 
are available. 

Contact Mary Carol Michie at 
Mallard Creek Church (547-0038) 
or Charles Summers at Davidson 
College (892-2000) for information 
and registration. 

Those who would like to 
contribute to the cost of supplies 
are encouraged to call these 
persons, or Judy Hays or Jocelyn 
Hill at Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Moderator Nominee 


Lamar Thomas 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 
will meet on Monday evening, 
May 27, at 7:00 p.m., and on 
Tuesday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m., 
at Queens College. Lamar 
Thomas, Elder of the Hickory 
Grove Presbyterian Church, 
is Moderator-Nominee. 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


20 9:30 a. m 







Women of Church Annual Meetiing— 
Third Church 
6:30 p.m.— Men of Church Spring Rally- 
Charlotte First 
3:00 p.m.— Junior High Event— Albemarle First 
7 : 30 p. m. —Haiti Commission 
7:30 p.m.— Huntersvile Administrative Commission 

-Presbytery's Council 
-Senior High Event- 
Lake Norman Property 
General Assembly Commissioners Briefing 
Camp Caraway 

—Women of The Church 
Packet For May Presbytery Meeting Mailed 
-Christian Education 
-Workcamp Orientation 
-Women's Concerns 
-Youth Council 
-Committee on Ministry 
Stewardship Workship— Covenant Church 
(24th, 7-9:30 p.m. ; 25th, 9: 15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ) 

27 7:00 p.m.— Mecklenburg Presbytery — 

Queens College 

28 9:00 a.m.— Mecklenburg Presbytery- 

Queens College 
30- June 1— Synod of North Carolina, Lynchburg Va. 

3:30 p.m. 

12:30 p.m 

7:30p.m. - 
3:00 p.m.- 

APRIL, 1985 



The Orange Presbyterian 

Bob Poteet, Editor April, 1985 

Churches Announced For 
Small Church Project 


Crisis Confronts The Family is 
the theme for Dr. William 
Arnold's address to be given as a 
part of a continuing education up- 
date sponsored by the 
Professional Development 
Committee of Presbytery for 
pastors and educators set for 
Monday, May 6, at First Church, 
Durham. The workshop begins at 
10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. 

Through the generosity of an 
elder in one of our congregations, 
church professionals will be able 
to take advantage of a variety of 
seminars and continuing 
education opportunities within 
Orange Presbytery and on the 
campus of Union Seminary in 
Richmond. A special fund has 
been established at UTS to 
encourage church professionals 
to participate in such events. 

Dr. Arnold is Dean of Faculty 
and Professor of Pastoral Care 
and Counseling at Union 
Seminary. In addressing the 
theme, topics will be considered 
and explored, such as divorce, 
single parents, break-ups and 
children of divorce with a 
particular emphasis on the role of 
the pastor in family counseling. 

The lunch session will include a 
panel discussion composed of 
local individuals and Dr. Arnold, 
focusing on the issue of teen 
suicide, with an eye to the 
symptoms, cries for help, how to 
recognize the seriousness of the 
problem, and how church 
professionals can respond to the 

In the afternoon, Dr. Arnold 
will lead the group in a general 
"update" of the field of pastoral 
counselling, as to new models and 
writers in the field. 

To register or for further 
information, contact the 
Presbytery office. 

Four hundred-thirty-nine 
men and women attended the 
second annual Triad Singles 
Conference at Starmount 
Church in Greensboro, 
March 23, sponsored by the 
Singles Ministry Committee of 
Presbytery. Positive 
comments were heard 
throughout the day as 
attenders and workshop 
leaders alike commented on 
the excellent planning and 
attention to detail. 

There were fifteen 
workshops offered and Father 
Robert Rivers of St. Paul the 
Apostle Catholic Church of 
Greensboro was keynote 
speaker. He provided a wrap- 
up of the day's theme, "the 
Challenge and Celebration of 
being Single." 

In addition to the workshops 
ranging from "It's Great 
Being Single!," "Intimacy," 
"Being a Christian Single" to 
"Interpersonal Communica- 
tion" and "Single Parenting," 

there were displays in the 
resource center from local 
singles' groups and from a 
Greensboro book store. The 
room served as a conversation 
center and in addition, there 
was a game room, square 
dancing, and even a shag 
demonstration! Co- 
chairpersons for the event 
were Susan Watts and Robert 
Pittard. Louise Forrest chairs 
Presbytery's committee. 


Deadline Set 

The Editor of this page invites 
news releases about the work of 
Presbytery and its churches. 
Please submit your articles to the 
Presbytery Office no later than 
the first day of each month. 
Every effort will be made to 
incorporate your news article, 
space permitting. 

Five churches of the 
Presbytery have been selected to 
participate in a special 
denominational project focusing 
on the "Pastor as Christian 
Educator" in small membership 

Orange is one of only a few 
presbyteries invited to share in 
this special pilot project designed 
"to give a group of small 
membership church pastors 
specific training in Christian 
Education; to enable them to 
recognize and develop their skills 
as an educator; and to identify 
one major area of need of 
Christian Education in their 
particular church." They are 
then to design and implement a 
program to meet that need over 
the next three years. At the end of 
this period, each of the projects 
will be shared throughout the 
larger church. 

John Causey, and the members 
of the Covenant Church, Wendell 
will be focusing on "ways in 

Conf . Set 

On Sunday, May 5, the Orange 
Presbytery Singles' Ministry 
Committee will sponsor a 
leadership conference at Guilford 
Park Church in Greensboro, from 
2-5 p.m. 

Brainstorming sessions and 
ideas for creative leadership of 
singles' groups will be offered. 
Anyone currently involved in 
singles' ministry or in singles' 
group leadership at the local 
church level and those concerned 
about establishing a ministry to, 
with, and for singles ministry are 
invited to attend and to share 
ideas and concerns. 

Fred Starr (919 383-4264) and 
Judith Darcy (919 273-7824) are 
co-chairpersons for this 
leadership event and can be 
contacted for further 

Proctor To 

Rev. Allen Proctor, pastor of 
the St. Barnabas Church of 
Raleigh, has recently returned 
from two weeks of travel in 
Nicaragua with an jnterfaith 
group organized by Witness for 

The group members spoke with 
representatives of a variety of 
government and opposition 
organizers, with church groups, 
and with many individuals in 
Managua and the war zone near 
the Honduran border. Allen is 
available and eager to speak and 
share a slide presentation with 
interested church groups— youth 
groups, MOC, WOC, family night 
supper gatherings— to discuss 
what the group saw and heard in 
this troubled area of our world. 

For more information or 
questions, contact Allen Proctor, 
1420 Carolina Pines Avenue, 
Raleigh 27603. Home phone: 828- 
3372; church: 833-6043. 

which an enhanced C.E. program 
can facilitate church growth and 
the calling of a full-time pastor." 
Merle Fisher and the Westview, 
Burlington congregation, will be 
concentrating on "building up the 
Sunday School program, 
particularly in the area of 
children's classes." 

Bill Haynes and the Smyrna 
Church will be concentrating 
their energies in the area of youth 
ministry, "primarily with junior 
high and high school youth. . ." 
Dick Hildebrandt and the 
Hillsborough Church are 
challenged by their "new growth 
and new hope" and want to 
develop "an intentional program 
of C.E. that involves the whole 
community of faith leading to a 
biblically and theologically 
literate people." Bob Lee, and the 
members of the New Hope 
Church, Willow Springs, are 
desirous of focusing on the 
"recruitment of teachers along 

with their acceptance of a 
systematic training program. . . 
to improve their skills." 

This project is a good example 
of our connectional system at 
work for the benefit of the local 
church, the Presbytery, and the 
larger church. Bob Poteet, Staff 
Associate for Christian 
Education, will provide staff 
resourcing and training for the 
five pastors and the two 
members from each of the 
participating churches as they 
acquire new understanding and 
skills related to their identified 
areas of concern. Assisting him 
are Nancy Darter, Certified 
Diretor of Christian Education 
living in Chapel Hill and member 
of the Resource Center 
Committee of Presbytery, and 
Martha McCorkle, member of the 
Presbytery's Christian 
Education Committee with many 
year's experience in the area of 
Christian Education. 

First Presbyterian Church Sept. 21, 1985 

Burlington 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 

Mark your calendar now for a leadership training event 
designed for persons serving in leadership positions in virtually 
every aspect of the life of the church. For the next several 
months, courses from only one of the subject areas will be 
highlighted. Watch this column in the months ahead for the 
other areas. Also, look for the full brochure which describes all 
courses and leaders. This brochure will be available at the April 
23 meeting of Presbytery and thereafter from the Presbytery 

Bible And Faith 

"Christian Faith and Economic Justice" - W.W. "Buddy" Olney 
"Claiming Your Ministry" - Mac Hulslander 
"Education or Worship" -David Partington 
"How Our Bible Came To Be" - Robert C. Bratcher 
"Implications of Racism In Our Reunited Church" 

Tyrone Burkette 
"Living With Inclusive Language" - Pat Stewart 
"Ministry of Music" - Brock Downward 
"Our Presbyterian Heritage" - John Leith 

John and Betty Johnson 

Educator Couple At 
First Church, Greensboro 

We hear more and more these days about clergy couples or 
clergy /educator couples. But we hear very little about educator 
couples, simply because there are not many of them around. On Feb. 
18th, First Church, Greensboro, became one of the very few churches in 
our denomination with an unordained educator couple when Betty 
Johnson was employed as the Associate Director of Youth Ministry. 
Betty's husband John has been on the staff for three and one-half years 
as the Director of Youth Ministry. 

Betty finished at PSCE in Richmond in January, after having 
commuted weekly for the past year and a half. She did her first 
semester at Duke Divinity School. John graduated from PSCE in 1979 
and spent two years as DCE at First Church, Kingston before going to 
Greensboro in 1981. 

The responsiblities of the two positions are divided as follows : Betty 
is responsible for Junior High and College Ministries. John's 
responsibilities include Senior Highs, the Youth choir (his 
undergraduate degree is in music) and the Youth Witness Cycle (a 
three year cycle of events including a choir tour and work camps in 
Appalachia and Trinidad) . After Betty joined the staff, John was able to 
expand his job description to include recreation and video ministries. 
There is a lot of overlapping of responsibilities and there are many 
times when Betty and John plan and carry out activities together. 

Many exciting things are happening in Youth Ministry at First 
Church and John and Betty believe that it is in large part due to their 
emphasis on service. The youth minstry program is not just 
entertainment, but is very demanding. Being a large church with many 
resources, they feel an even larger responsibility to do something with 
those resources for other people. And the young people are actively 
involved in this process. 

John and Betty devote much of their lives to "their kids" as they call 
them. They hope that the model they present, not only as educators, but 
also as husband and wife, can have a positive influence on these young 
people. They know that it is a big challenge, but it is one they accept 



APRIL, 1985 

Lesson Eight: May— "Return to Me With All Your Heart" 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

"Return to me with all your heart." One underlying 
theme in the two prophetic books we study this month 
centers on this invitation from God. Although Joel and 
Jonah approach the invitation in different ways, both 
carry the assurance that it is a gracious and merciful God 
who asks us to come back to where we belong: in God's 
living presence, where we are to be faithful to all God's 


Just as Amos had recognized a message of God's 
judgment in a threatened plague of locusts in eighth- 
century Israel (Amos 7:1-3), so Joel saw even more 
devastation in the multitude of locusts that brought 
destruction to post-exilic Judah. With every name for 
locusts in the Hebrew vocabulary the prophet describes 
these creatures as a well-disciplined army, and he looks 
upon them as foreboding the day of the Lord. 

Joel describes this day as "great and very terrible" 
(2:11; compare Zephaniah's "day of wrath," Zeph. 1:15), 
and asks, "who can endure it?" Then he hears the Lord's 
answer in the words of the invitation, "Return to me with 
all your heart." (Joel 2:12). The response to this 
invitation, by Joel's first audience and by us, is, "How 
shall we return?" (Remember, Micah had heard God's 
people ask almost this same question, Micah 6:6.) Joel 
sees two ways we are to demonstrate our return to God: by 
ritual and by right living. (Joel 2:12-16) While the eighth- 
century prophets scorned ritual because it was abused, 
when important symbols such as the sanctuary and its 
ceremonies were taken away, something vital was 
missing, as Haggai and Zechariah had realized. 

For Joel, part of the tragedy of the locusts' stripping 
grain and vines was that there would not be "cereal 
offering and drink offering" for the house of God. (Joel 
1:13) The sincerity of returning to God "with all your 
heart" included fasting, weeping, mourning, assembling 
together; but ceremony was not all. At the center of 
repentance was the command, "Rend your heart and not 
your garments." (2:13) Rending (or tearing) garments 
was the age-old symbol of grief, especially grief caused by 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

blasphemy, so Joel was calling for an inner attitude from 
which came outward expressions of deep repentance. 

Note how the prophet characterizes the God who invites 
us to return. First, he is "your" God," then "he is 
gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in 
steadfast love." (Joel 2: 13) (If we repeat the cliche, "The 
God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath," we are not 
being fair to many such passages. ) 

Joel sees beyond God's day of judgment to a time of 
hope. After the punishment of the plague of locusts, God 
announces, "I will pour out my spirit on all flesh" ; and he 
spells out that "all" really does mean "all," with no 
restrictions of gender, of age, or of social status. (Joel 
2:28-29) The receiving of God's spirit poured out depends 
upon our returning to the Lord, not just verbally or 
superficially but single-mindedly : with all our hearts. (In 
Jeremiah's words [29:13] God says, "You will seek me 
and find me when you seek me with all your heart.") We 
must want God more than we want anything else. 


The Book of Jonah deals with the same theme of the 
yearning of a gracious God to have all people return to 
him. In its form the book is not the utterances of a prophet 
but the narrative about a prophet, and distinction must be 
made between the man Jonah and the author of the book. 
The man Jonah is a small-calibered individual whose 
entire prophetic message consists of eight words in 
English (only five in Hebrew): "Yet forty days and 
Nineveh will be overthrown." (Jonah 3:4) When that brief 
message was heeded by the entire city of Nineveh, Jonah 
was furious at the undesired success of his missionary 
venture. The author of the Book of Jonah is one of the great 
theologians of the Hebrew Scriptures, who takes the name 
of an obscure prophet mentioned in II Kings 14:25 and 
uses symbolism from Jeremiah 51:34, 44 to produce a 
parable that has echoes in the elder brother of Jesus' 
parable, The Prodigal Son. 

In being a parable, the Book of Jonah is a book of 
theology. It has been a tragedy of biblical interpretation 
that so much attention has been focused on literal, 
historical matters such as whether a man could live in the 

belly of a great fish that we have laughed and have insula- 
ted our selves from the powerful thrust of the book's real 
message: that self-styled good, orthodox people can be 
resentful of God's universal mercy. The attitude that 
crucified Jesus of Nazareth is epitomized in Jonah the 
man, as this book holds up a mirror in which we see our 
selfish selves. 

We see ourselves in Jonah as we think we can run away 
from God and his claims upon us. (Jonah took a ship. 
What are we taking? ) 

We see ourselves in Jonah as we hold prejudices against 
people we do not actually know. (Jonah wanted to have - 
nothing to do with the Ninevites . Whom do we hate? ) 

We see ourselves in Jonah as we resent God's 
graciousness to those we are convinced do not deserve it. 
(Jonah thought it was fine for God to protect him with the 
shade of a plant, but that God should not pity the repentant 
Ninevite people. Whose happy situation do we begrudge? ) 

I hate God's enemies 
with perfect hatred. 
Why can't God 
do as much? 
Thomas John Carlisle in You! Jonah! 


1. Consider the "Pause and Reflect" questions on pp. 64 
and 67 (pp. 24b, 25a, 26a in Concern) and decide which one 
your group needs to face. 

2. As you discuss the outward forms of worship that are 
most meaningful to you, consider how the major worship 
services of your church may help you week by week to 
return to God "with all your heart." Talk about your 
conclusions with your minister and the worship 
committee of your church. 

3. Ask your group what steps might be taken to 
encourage the universal participation in the spirit of God 
described in Joel 2:28-29. Then deal with the implications 
of the last question on p. 67 (p. 26a in Concern), 

4. Read aloud Luke 15:25b-32, and see how quickly your 
group can identify the source of the story. Discuss the 
parallels between Jonah and the elder brother. 

1984 Synod Honorary Life Memberships 

The following people received 
honorary life memberships under 
the Synod's program during 1984: 

Bessie Lamb Conekin, First 
Church, Goldsboro, Mary 
Esther MacArthur, Albemarle 
Presbytery, Sadie Vandersea, 
First Church, New Bern, Mark 
Vandersea, First Church, New 
Bern. Beatrice S. Corbett. 
Macclesfield Church, Maccles- 
field, Patricia Corbett Carr, 
Farmville Church, Farmville, 
Josephine Ward, First Church, 
Rocky Mount, Wadie Brooks 
Winslow, Howard Memorial 
Church, Tarboro, Flora Green 
Robeson, Howard Memorial 
Church, Tarboro, Katherine 
Fuller Ruffin, Howard Memorial 
Church, Tarboro, Hazel Sutton, 
Rivermont Church, Kinston, 
Nelda Bertrand, First Church, 
Wilson, Mildred D. Southwick, 
First Church, Greenville, 
Virginia Pierce Basnight, First 
Church, Greenville, Margaret 
Yladdex Barns, First Church, 
Greenville, Lorraine Grote 

British Isles 

(England, Wales, 
Scotland, Ireland) 
July 22- August 4 

Holy Land/Greece 
(3 Islands) 
October 21-30 

WRITS: Or. Harold J. Dudley, 
411 Albert Ave., Wilson. N.C. 


Petrie, First Church, Greenville, 
Lula B. Cale, Macclesfield 
Church, Macclesfield. 

Mary J. Bates, Oak Forest 
Church, Asheville, Ruth Anne 
Blakely, Grace Covenant Church, 
Asheville, Kathleen Johnson 
Morse, Oak Forest Church, 
Asheville, Mrs. Harold Patton, 
Black Mountain Church,- Black 
Mountain, Lou Stanfield Wynne, 
Oak Forest Church, Asheville. 

Rev. Walter Robert Smith, 
Concord Presbytery, Lillian 
Elaine Boggess, First Church, 
Statesville, Rebecca Ritchie, 
First Church, Statesville, Irene 
Reeves Barr, Mt. Jefferson 
Church, West Jefferson, Grace 
Stewart, First Church, Winston- 
Salem, Alice Hinman, First 
Church, Winston-Salem, Mar- 
garet Murphy, Highland Church, 
Winston-Salem, Mrs. W. Harding 
Kneedler, First Church, Concord, 
Ethelyne Downs, Highland Chur- 
ch, Winston-Salem, M. Kathryn 
Morrison, Shiloh church, States- 
ville, Mrs. John P. Cooper, Rey- 
nolda Church, Winston-Salem, 
Susan W. Sink, First Church, 


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Lexington, Ferrie R. Hooks, 
Armstrong Memorial Church, 
Gastonia, Ellen S. Harison, First 
Church, Thomasville, Eleanor 
F. Shull, Forest Park Church, 
Statesville, Carol Martin Windsor, 
Forest Park Church, Statesville, 
Ruth Whisonant, First Church, 
Park Church, Statesville, Ruth 
Whisonant, First Church, 
Lincolnton, Christine Kiser, First 
Church, Lincolnton, Betty Hucks 
Irvin, Gilwood Church, Concord, 
Nelda Maxwell, First Church, 
Morganton, Blanche Wilhelm, 
Fifth Creek Church, Statesville, 
Mary Margaret Hunter, Concord 
Presbytery, Lelia Hall, First 
Church, Belmont. Mrs. Jack 
Saintsing, Reynolds Church, 

Nancy Howard Marley, 
Fayetteville 1 Presbytery, Majorie 
Speight Blue, Jackson Springs 
Church, Jackson Springs, Annie 
Christine McKeithen, First 
Church, Carthage, Ella Meade 
Sea w ell, First Church, Carthage, 
Sallie Mae Mclnnis, First Church, 
Ellerbe, Dorothy W. Cameron, 
Community Church, Pinehurst, 
Annie Collier, McMillan Church, 
Wade, Eva Matthews, McMillan 
Church, Wade, Bessie Godwin, 
McMillan Church, Wade, Nellie 


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Collier, McMillan Church, Wade, 
Gladys Collier, McMillan 
Church, Wade, Jessie Wiggs 
Middleton Blue, Laurinburg 
Church, Laurinburg, Cary W. 
Howard, Barbecue Church, 
Sanford, Margaret Ferguson 
Voyles, Cameron Church, 
Cameron, Ruth Calloway Wilker- 
son, Shiloh Church, Raeford, 
Ruth Lyttle Phillips, Shiloh 
Church,, Raeford, Sarah Blue 
McCaskill, Eureka Church, 
Carthage, Julia R. Wilkinson, 
Centre Church, Maxton, Mae 
Scott Shinault, Edgewood 
Church, Sanford, Mrs. Ida C. 
Strader, Bethesda Church, 
Ruffin, Rosemary Luther 
Cruickshank, Highlands Church, 
Fayetteville, Mary Margaret 
McNeill, Brownson Memorial 
Church, Southern Pines, Martha 
Culp McNeill, First Church, Red 
Springs, Mary Hayne, First 
Church, Fayetteville, Vera M. 
Wray, First Church, 
Fayetteville, Margaret Ella 
McKenzie, Antioch Church, Red 
Springs, Virginia Spivey 
Chriscoe, Montpelier Church, 
Wagram, Clara McDonald 
Currie, St. Paul Church, St. Paul, 
Audrey Ennis, Providence 
Church, Angier, Alice Hart 
Turner Purdie, First Church, 
Dunn, Joanne McGill Bunce, 
MacPherson Church, Fayette- 
ville, Dowdy Hardy Miller, Laurel 
Hill Church, Laurinburg,, Lois 
Ray Ross, Summerville Church, 
Lillington, Helen Thomas Norris, 
Olivia Church, Olivia, June Cotton 
Hoover, First Church, Rocking- 
ham, Kate Newsome Baucom, 
First Church, Rockingham, 
Josephine King McLaurin, 

Laurinburg Church, Laurinburg, 
Zelda King Blue, Eureka Church, 
Carthage, Frances Campbell 
Cooley, Montpelier Church, 

Evelyn Vanderford Carlson, 
Mulberry Church, Charlotte, 
Sally F. Masten, First Church, 
Charlotte, Katharine MacNeill, 
First Church, Charlotte, Virginia 
Hope, Selwyn Church, Charlotte. 

Rozella Eure, Mt. Bethel 
Church, Durham, Betty Jane 
Walter Bost, First Church, 
Raleigh, Lillian Scarlett Fuller, 
First Church, Raleigh, Katherine 
Bowen Lyons, First Church, 
Raleigh, Mary Johnston Hart, 
Orange Presbytery, Barbara 
Hilton Bentley, Jamestown 
Church, Jamestown, Sarah A. 
Adams, Graham Church, 
Graham, Jane Montgomery 
Balsley, First Church, Reidsville, 
Mrs. Paul G. Nielsen, First 
Church, Asheboro, Frances 
Carraway Moseley, West Raleigh 
Church, Raleigh, Alta M. 
Abernathy, Vandalia Church, 
Greensboro, Grace McCord 
Hartzog, Orange Presbytery, 
Jessie Turlington Stephenson, 
First Church, Smithfield, Sandra 
Pope Johnson, First Church, 
Smithfield, Mary Ellen Singer, 
Western Blvd. Church, Raleigh, 
Mayune Creech, Fairview 
Church, Selma, Trencie Corbett, 
Fairview Church, Selma, Oberia 
Holt Grant, Mebane Church, 

Continued On Page Eleven 

APRIL, 1985 



Ministerial Changes 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

I. Howard Chad wick has been 
honorably retired by 
Mecklenburg Presbytery. He was 
executive director of the 
Outreach Foundation. 

Wade H. Boggs died on March 
15. He was an honorably retired 
member of Asheville Presbytery. 

Donald D. Lincoln has been 
dismissed by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to Fincastle Pres- 
bytery. He had been without 

Gulf Presbyterian Church was 
organized by Orange Presbytery 
on January 6. Pansie Evers is 
one-quarter-time pastor, continu- 
ing as half-time pastor of Mt. 
Vernon Springs Church in Siler 

Frank M. Dew now serves as 
half-time assistant pastor of the 
Church of the Covenant in 
Greensboro and half-time 
organizing pastor for Orange 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
Vandalia Church in Greensboro. 

James S. Garner died on 
March 24. He was an honorably 
retired member of Mecklenburg 

Robert M. Glasgow has been 
received by Orange Presbytery 
from Northumberland Pres- 
bytery to accept a call as 
assistant pastor of Hudson 
Memorial Church in Raleigh. 

Philip R. Gehman has become 
director of admissions and 
vocation at Columbia Seminary. 
A member of Orange Presbytery, 
he was pastor of Faith Church in 

Tracy V. Fisher died on 
January 1. He was an honorably 
retired member of Concord 

Robert L. Combs has been 
honorably retired by Concord 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 

Sweetwater Church in Hickory. 

Robert L. Hare Jr. has been 
received by Fayetteville 
Presbytery from Concord 
Presbytery to accept the call as 
pastor of Biscoe Church. He was 
pastor of Concord Church in 

Walter W. King is now a 
student. A member of Concord 
Presbytery, he was pastor of 
Dallas Church. 

Robert E. Pollock has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Hanover Presbytery to 
serve as assistant headmaster 
and teacher at Glade Valley 

John W. Bell has been received 
by Concord Presbytery from 
Abingdon Presbytery to accept 
a call as pastor of John Knox 
Church in Shelby. 

Ronald O. Brauer has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Southwest Florida 
Presbytery to accept a call as 
pastor of Bridgewater Church 
and McDowell Church, both in 

David D. Whiteley has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Tres Rios Presbytery to 
accept a call as pastor of Second 
Church in Concord. 

George L. Rolling has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Upper Ohio Valley Pres- 
bytery to accept a call as 
associate pastor of Shelby 

John B. Talmage has been 
received by Concord 
Presbytery from National 
Capital Presbytery to accept a 
call as pastor of First Church and 
Pine Ridge Church, both in Pilot 

Eugene B. Linton Jr. is now 
without charge. A member of 
Concord Presbytery, he had been 
pastor of Quaker Meadows 
Church in Morganton. 

Honorary Life 

Continued From Page Ten 
Mebane, Eva Wiseman, First 
Church, Burlington, Mrs. Joseph 
H. Huff, First Church, 
Burlington, Nannie Glover, 
Spring Hill Church, Lucama, 
Eunice Carden, Cross Roads 
Church, Mebane, Marge Lillie, 
First Church, Garner, Flora 
Godwin Woods, Trinity Avenue 
Church, Durham, Edna Kivett 
Bell, Buffaloe Church, 
Greensboro, Patricia Slaughter, 
Geneva Church, Oxford, 
Catherine B. Davis, St. Barnabas 
Church, Raleigh, Mary Stewart 
Minter, White Memorial Church, 
Raleigh, Sara Robinson Bitler, 
White Memorial Church, 
Raleigh, Margaret Watts Lewis, 
White Memorial Church, 
Raleigh, Vera Buckingham 
McKay, First Church, Durham, 
Alice Hart Turner Purdie, First 
Church, Durham, Ella Jean 
Evans, Hebron Church, Oxford, 
Bernice Harris, Mt. Bethel 
Church, Durham, Inez Herndon, 
Mt. Bethel Church, Durham. 


Elizabeth Long Bannerman, 
Westminster Church, Wilming- 
ton, Mrs. Charles A. Short, 
Trinity Church, Havelock, 
Geretta Miller Starnes, West- 
minster Church, Wilmington, 
Beulah Cooper Beatty, Eliza- 
bethtown Church, Elizabethtown, 
Gladys Stroud Powell, Elizabeth- 
town Church, Elizabethtown, 
Ethel Jones Whitted, Elizabeth- 
town Church, Elizabethtown, 
Edna McCullen McColeman, 
Faison Church, Faison, Lucille 
Bowden Baughman, Faison 
Church, Faision, Mabel Wylie, 
St. Andrews-Covenant Church, 
Wilmington, Camella Herlevich, 
St. Andrews-Covenant Church, 
Wilmington, Beth Watson Batten, 
Westminster Church, Whiteville, 
Zelma Euphemia Maultsby, 
Westminster Church, Whiteville, 
Mildred Savage Bartlett, 
Carolina Beach, Ruby Buck, 
Pearsall Memorial Church, Wil- 
mington, Annie Morris, Pearsall 
Memorial Church, Wilmington, 
Mrs. Edward C. Hay, First Chur- 
ch, Wilmington, Mrs. Oscar 
Waldkirch, First Church, Wil- 

Major Gift Names Local History 
Program In Memory Of Robert Stowe 

The family of the late Robert L. 
Stowe Jr. of Belmont has 
committed a major gift to the 
Capital Funds Completion 
Campaign of the Presbyterian 
Historical Foundation in 
Montreat; the gift will name the 
Foundation's local-church his- 
tory program for Stowe. His 
wife and children; his brother, 
Daniel J. Stowe of Belmont; and 
his sister, Catherine S. Pharr of 
McAdenville, are participating in 
the gift. 

The local church-history 
program contains histories of 
more than 5,000 Southern 
Presbyterian congregations, 
updated yearly. 

The capital campaign seeks 

Robert L. Stowe 
$557,490 to help renovate Spence 
Hall and furnish and equip the 

new Freeland Hall at the 
Foundation. The Stowe family's 
gift brings the campaign to more 
than $460,000, or 83 percent of the 

Stowe died in April 1984 at the 
age of 81. A graduate of Davidson 
College, he was chief executive 
officer, president, treasurer, and 
director of Chronicle Mills, 
National Yarn Mills, and Stowe 
Spinning Company. He had 
served as an elder, deacon, and 
Sunday School teacher at First 
Presbyterian Church in Belmont. 

He was survived by his wife, 
Ruth H. Stowe, and three sons, 
Robert L. Stowe III, Daniel H. 
Stowe, and Richmond H. Stowe. 

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APRIL, 1985 

As Care For Aging Expands, Need For Offering Grows 


It's been around since 1946 but 
beginning this year, its 
importance will triple: the 
Mother's Day Offering for the 
Presbyterian Home. This year 
it's for the Presbyterian Homes. 

Reflecting a growing concern 
about the increasing number of 
elderly— and thus an increasing 
need for care in the years 
ahead— the expansion of Synod's 
ministry to the aging will include 
the construction of Presbyterian 
Homes in Raleigh and 
Laurinburg, as well as 
renovations and expansion of the 
existing Home in High Point. 

Already, the need is evident: 
the more than 1,000 names on the 
waiting list for admission to the 
High Point facility represent 
more people than all the men and 
women the Home has cared for in 
its 33 years of operation. In North 
Carolina in the next five years, 
the number of people aged 65 and 
over is expected to increase by 

"Just as Presbyterians were 

pioneers in anticipating in the 
mid-1940's the dramatic changes 
in society which would call for 
Christian ministries such as the 
Presbyterian Homes, today they 
still are in the forefront, with 
plans for extending this work of 
the North Carolina Synod," said a 
spokesman for the High Point 
facility in a news release. 

Gifts received through the 
Mother's Day Offering are used 
for operational expenses and to 
assist members who need help 
with monthly costs. With three 
Homes instead of one and the 
increased number of elderly for 
whom those facilities will care, 
those costs and the need for the 
special offering will greatly 

In High Point, expansion 
includes construction of a four- 
story addition to the nursing 
wing; later, the residential 
building will be razed and a 
six-story replacement built. These 
facilities represent two forms of 
care; there are also cottages, 

Men's Conference 
Announces Speakers 

Dr. Daniel D. Rhodes and the 
Rev. James McKinnon will speak 
at the Synod Men's Conference, 
to be held June 21-23 at Lees- 
McRae College in Banner Elk. 
The meeting's theme is "Be a 
Witness for Christ." 

Rhodes has retired recently 
after 24 years as professor of 
religion at Davidson College. A 
member of Concord Presbytery, 
he is a noted Biblical scholar and 
teacher. He is a graduate of 
Davidson, Louisville Seminary, 
and Duke University. 

After serving at Second Church 
in Rocky Mount, First Church in 
Williamston, and Griers and 
Pleasant Grove Churches in 
Caswell County, he taught at 
Davis and Elkins College and 
Southwestern at Memphis before 
joining the Davidson faculty in 

Rhodes will speak at the 
Saturday evening session. 

McKinnon is pastor of First 
Church in Wilson, having 
previously served as associate 

pastor of First Church in 
Fayetteville and pastor of First 
Church in Morehead City and 
Sharon Church in Charlotte. He is 
a graduate of Wake Forest 
University and Union Seminary. 

He will lead the worship 
service Sunday morning. 

Those interested in attending 
the conference should register 
with Bill Norberg, Route 2, Box 
175, Davidson, N.C. 28036, 
enclosing a check made payable 
to Synod's Men's Conference for 
registration ($10 per man; $4 
each for women and children) 
and indicating whether room and 
board should be reserved ($35 per 
person for the conference, 
including linen and meals) and 
for how many, and whether first- 
floor accommodations are 

List name, address, church, 
and presbytery; indicate if 
interested in Saturday activities 
(specify): swimming, tennis, 
golf, hiking, sight-seeing bus 
trips. Indicate if babysitting is 
needed and list ages of children. 

Are You Moving? 

Is Your Address Correct? 

Are You Getting More Than One Copy? 

Please attach the mailing label from your most recent issue in 
the space below and then check one of the appropriate boxes. 


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ARCHITECT'S DRAWING of the expanded and renovated 
Presbyterian Home at High Point. 

apartments, and duplexes on the 
campus for independent living. 

The Home there exists not only 
to care for people in need; it 

celebrates life. "To see aging 
men and women get a new lease 
on life when they come to this 
campus is rewarding and 

inspiring," the spokesman said. 
The facility offers opportunities 
for as full a life as possible, 
including arts and crafts classes 
and a band, for example, as well 
as access to cultural programs on 
campus and in town, presenting 
for many residents opportunities 
they may not have had time to 
enjoy earlier in life. 

The Presbyterian Home in 
High Point has been a pioneer in 
this kind of care, and it will 
provide experience and 
knowledge to the two new Homes. 
Presbyterians in North Carolina 
will be able to continue and 
expand their support of such 
pioneering ministry through the 
annual Mother's Day Offering. 

Briefings On Social Issues Prepare 
Church People To 'Make A Difference 9 

We are living in a pivotal 
period, perhaps the most impor- 
tant in history, and "the churches 
can make a difference in this un- 
paralleled time of danger," the 
director of a religious lobbying 
organization told about 600 
members of religious groups na- 
tionwide who gathered in 
Washington in late March for 
four days of briefings on various 
issues. The Rev. Craig Biddle, 
director of IMPACT, described 
his organization's purpose as an 
attempt to influence Congress as 

Based in the nation's capital, 
IMPACT is sponsored by about 
two dozen national religious 
groups, including the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as 
a lobbying organization on social 
issues. Several North Carolina 
Presbyterians attended the brief- 
ings, most sent by Synod's 
Ministry Group on Church and 

Social issues were indeed in the 
forefront of the briefings. The 
organization identifies three ma- 

Valley — 

Continued From Page One 

personnel. There will be no 
students or faculty during the 
1985-86 recess. 

The trustees will seek $2.5 
million during the recess to pay 
debts and refurbish and "start 
afresh." They will approach 
foundations but continue to seek 
gifts from individuals, as well. 

The personnel retained will 
issue transcripts, answer 
inquiries, and keep financial 

The trustees have invited 
friends of the school to its 75th 
commencement on May 25, at 
2:00 p.m. Maie Minnick of Black 
Mountain will speak. 



4- 5 N.C. Presbyterian His- 

torical Society spring 
meeting, Peace College, 

5- 6 Briefing for North Caro- 

lina commissioners to the 
General Assembly, Camp 
Caraway, Asheboro 

jor priorities: halting the arms 
race, protecting human rights, 
and securing economic justice. 
Specific current emphases includ- 
ed Central America and South 

A number of participants 
demonstrated at the South 
African embassy during the 

In a news release, Biddle said 
religious people have concerned 
themselves publicly with issues 
of personal morality; he said the 
Bible also contains a fundamen- 
tal concern with poverty, in- 
justice, and peace. 

"Issues of personal morality 
matter," he said. "But so do 
arms control, Latin America, 
South Africa, human rights, and 

Participants heard speeches on 
nuclear holocaust and arms con- 
trol, South Africa, civil rights, 

Central America and refugees, 
poverty, farm policy, toxic 
wastes, and the national debt. 

Among speakers were Senators 
Gary Hart and Dennis DeConcini 
and Representatives Walter 
Fauntroy, William Gray, Bill 
Alexander, George Miller, Ron 
Glickman, and Les AuCoin. 

Summer Swap Of 
Houses Proposed 

A vacation exchange of manses 
or houses among Presbyterians 
in North Carolina has been pro- 
posed. The Rev. Jack Dail is com- 
piling a master list of those 

For further information, any 
person or church interested 
should contact Dail at Manse and 
House Vacation Exchange, P.O. 
Box 1137, Burgaw, N.C. 28425. 

Jenkins Named To Direct 
Outreach Foundation 

Dr. David B. Jenkins has been 
named executive director of the 
Outreach Foundation, succeed- 
ing Dr. I Howard Chadwich, who 
retired at the end of March. 
Chadwick had held the position 
for four years. 

Jenkins has been pastor of 
First Church of Goldsboro for 14 

The Outreach Foundation, 
headquartered in Charlotte, was 
started in 1979 by a group of 
Presbyterians, both lay and 
clerical, who were concerned 
over the lack of church growth 
and a perceived decline in 
evangelism and support for 
missions in the former 
Presbyterian Church U.S. They 
organized the Foundation to 
strengthen the church through 
evangelistic programs at home 
and abroad and by establishing 
new congregations and 
constructing new buildings on 
the mission field. 

The Foundation is a "Chapter 
IX" organization of the General 
Assembly and works closely with 
the Divisions of National and 
International Mission in Atlanta 
in selecting projects to support 
each year. "Chapter IX" 
organizations are unofficial 
groups outside the formal 
structure of the church that 
register with and report to the 
General Assembly; generally, 
they exist to promote specific 

Jenkins was ordained in 1957 by 
Wilmington Presbytery and 

Dr. David B. Jenkins 

served the Elizabethtown and 
Mount Horeb Churches for seven 
years, then served as pastor of 
First Church in Rockingham for 
another seven years before 
accepting the-Goldsboro call. 

He told the Goldsboro News- 
Argus, "When I was in seminary, 
I considered going to the mission 
field. But I had a wife and little 
boy. I've always been interested 
in missions, and this new job will 
give me the opportunity to fulfill 
that dream." 

Jenkins has been moderator of 
each presbytery in which he has 
served and has served twice on 
Synod's Council, presently being 
in his fourth term. He moderates 
Albemarle Presbytery's commit- 
tee on evangelism and church 

The Presbyterian News 




MAY, 1985 


Protest Of Apartheid At Embassy Requested 

A requested Synod endorse- 
ment of protest of apartheid by 
North Carolina Presbyterians at 
the South African embassy in 
Washington will come before 
commissioners to the annual 
meeting of the Synod, to be held 
May 30-June 1 at Lynchburg Col- 
lege in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

The meeting is the first in the 
Synod's 172-year history to be 
held jointly with other synods: 
this meeting will involve plenary 
sessions with the Synods of the 
Virginias and the Piedmont, as 
well as separate business 
sessions. The meeting's theme is 
"Christ's Reconciling Power." 

The requested endorsement of 
protest is expected to be the main 
social issue before com- 
missioners that can be expected 
to arouse controversy. 
Specifically, the Ministry Group 
on Church and Society is asking 
the Synod to "endorse a Synod- 
wide program to visit the South 
African Embassy in Washington, 
DC, in protest of apartheid and 
other human rights violations in 
South Africa." The committee 

Sally L. McQueen 

had sought such an endorsement 
from Synod's Council in March, 
but the Council declined to grant 
an endorsement, instead 
transmitting the request to Synod 
without comment. 

The committee's report to 
Svnod comments further on the 
request with this statement: "As 
tensions and violence increase in 
South Africa due to the injustice 
of apartheid, the Ministry Group 
has struggled with what 

Four Vie For Top 
Assembly Office 

Rev. Harry Del Valle 

Rev. James D. O'Dell 

Rev. Robert L. Thompson 

Three ministers and an elder 
are candidates for moderator of 
the General Assembly, meeting 
June 4-12 in Indianapolis. 

They are: 

• The Rev. Harry Del Valle, 
executive director of Puerto Rico 
Industrial Mission, Inc. He lists 
his pastorate at the Glenview 
Church in Ponce as "voluntary 

From 1969 to 1976, Del Valle 
was pastor of the Presbyterian 

William H.Wilson 

Church in Cabo Rojo, P R. He 
then directed the Hispanic 
Mission Development of Long 
Island Presbytery in New York. 
He has also taught philosophy 
and economics at the Inter- 
American University in San 
German, P.R. 

He holds a divinity degree from 
the Evangelical Seminary of 
Puerto Rico and a master's 
degree in economics from the 

Continued On Page 12 

Dr. Alfred E. Thomas 

appropriate response 
Presbyterians across the Synod 
might make to demonstrate our 
sorrow and outrage over the un- 
necessary killing and imprison- 
ment of our brothers and sisters 
in that racially divided land." 

In other important Synod 
business, commissioners will be 

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church's political 

stands . .... ...... 2 

N.C. MAN named 

preacher of 

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discuss conditions 

there .12 

asked to elect Moderator-in- 
Nomination Alfred E. Thomas as 
moderator for 1985-86. He is 
presbytery executive of Orange 
Presbytery. Thomas spent 13 
years as director of Synod's 
Career and Personal Counseling 
Service before accepting the call 
with Orange Presbytery in 1983. 
He previously spent 11 years as 
counselor and chaplain in the 
Synod ministry at the state 
institutional complex at Butner, 
as well as serving pastorates in 
Kenly and Middlesex. 

A native of Statesville, Thomas 
is a graduate of Davidson College 
and Union Seminary in Virginia 
and holds a doctorate from the 
University of North Carolina. 

Moderator Sally L. McQueen 

Called To 

The trustees of San Francisco 
Theological Seminary have 
unamiously voted to elect Dr. J. 
Randolph Taylor of Charlotte as 
president. The vote came on May 
7. Taylor has been pastor of 
Myers Park Church in Charlotte 
since 1976. 

Taylor was co-chairman of the 
joint committee on reunion, 
heading the Presbyterian Church 
U.S. part of that group working 
with United Presbyterian 
counterparts. At the meeting of 
the General Assembly where 

will preside over the meeting 
until the election of the new 
moderator. A laywoman from 
Statesville, she has been active 
on all levels of the church, has 
written Bible studies, has led 
Synod's Ministry Group on 
Women and other committees, 
edits Concord Presbytery's page 
in The Presbyterian News, and 
serves on the General As- 
sembly's special committee 
examining the World and 
National Councils of Churches. 

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, 
Mrs. McQueen is a graduate of 
Agnes Scott College and the 
Presbyterian School of Christian 
Education. She served with her 
late husband, the Rev. John W. 

Continued On Page Eleven 

Dr. J. Randolph Taylor 
reunion was accomplished, he 
was elected first moderator of the 
new Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), in 1983. 

"I've not had a desire" to work 
in institutional administration, he 
Continued On Page Eleven 

Abortion, Mission Of The 
Church Confront Assembly 

Controversial social issues and 
important matters for the future 
shape of the church will concern 
commissioners to the 197th 
meeting of the General 
Assembly, in Indianapolis June 4- 

The social issues include 
abortion, divestment in South 
Africa, sanctuary for Central 
American refugees, U.S. policy in 
that region, and general 
economic policy. 

In regard to the church's 
future, topics include a life-and- 
mission statement, ordination of 
Christian educators, and 

Numberous Overtures 
On Abortion 

By mid-March, the Office of the 
General Assembly had received 
12 overtures from presbyteries 
requesting the Assembly to 
reconsider the denomination's 
"pro-choice" stance on abortion. 
The issue has been hotly debated 
in recent Assemblies and will 
likely provoke considerable 
argument again. Adding fuel to 

the fire is a statement during this 
past year by Stated Clerk James 
Andrews that Presbyterians have 
been reconsidering their position 
on abortion, a statement for 
which Andrews was criticized by 
women's groups in the church 

On another growing 
controversy, a study paper will 
come before commissioners 
calling for the church to 
selectively divest its stock in 
corporations doing business or 
investing in South Africa. 

Central America can be 
expected to arouse controversy, 
with the Advisory Council on 
Church and Society calling for 
the U.S. to allow refugees into the 
country and provide them 
services and to abide by com- 
mitments to accept the United 
Nations definition of political 

Economic policy will be the 
focus of discussion when the 
Advisory Council on Church and 
Society presents a study paper 
"Toward a Just and Caring 
Dynamic Political Economy." 

The life-and-mission statement 
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MAY, 1985 

New Group Opposes Church 's 
Stand On Nicaragua, U.S.S.R. 

A Presbyterian group has been 
organized to counter recent 
denominational stances on Cen- 
tral America and the Soviet 
Union, The Presbyterian Outlook 
reported in its May 6 edition. 

The Rev. John H. Leith, long- 
time professor at Union 
Seminary in Virginia and a 
member of Orange Presbytery, is 
among 12 people on the steering 
committee for Presbyterians for 
Democracy and Religious Free- 

The new group will file a report 
with the General Assembly to 
establish it as a "Chapter IX" 
organization. "Chapter IX" 
organizations are unofficial 
groups outside the formal 
structure of the church that 
register with and report to the 
General Assembly. They usually 
are formed to promote specific 

The new group plans to 
criticize denominational 
programs on Central America 
and the U.S.S.R. at the meeting of 
the General Assembly in June. 

Also serving on the steering 
committee are Kerry Ptacek, 
Presbyterian staff member of the 
Institute for Religion and 

Democracy, and J. Robert 
Campbell, executive of the 
Presbyterian Lay Committee. 
The Institute for Religion and 
Democracy is a Washington- 
based, conservative group 
formed several years ago to fight 
what its founders perceived to be 
a bias against democratic and 
American values in mainline 
denominations, particularly in 
regard to U.S. foreign policy. 

The Outlook reported that a 
statement sent to all com- 
missioners to the Assembly by 
the group: 

• Protests Presbyterian sup- 
port of groups in Nicaragua that 
support the Sandinista Party. 

•Opposes Presbyterian 
Advocates for Central America, a 
lobbying effort to change U.S. 
policies in the region. 

• Opposes the General As- 
sembly Council's encouraging 
civil disobedience in the event of 
U.S. military action in Central 

• Protests programs with the 
Soviet Union exclusively 
involving churches the group 
asserts are instruments of Soviet 
foreign policy. 

In addition, the group in its 

statement calls on the General 
Assembly to: 

• Stop funding Nicaraguan 
groups that support the 
Sandinistas or discriminate 
against Christians opposing the 

• Support Christian groups 
"independent of the Sandinistas" 

• Require all General 
Assembly-sponsored visits to 
Nicaragua to include people 
holding diverse political views 
and to .spend equal time with 
"groups independent of the 
Sandinista regime" 

• Require denominational 
educational meetings and 
publications dealing with Central 
America to include different 
points of view 

• Stop funding the National 
Council of Churches' program on 
U.S.-Soviet Church relations 

• Study how the denomination 
might best relate to Christians in 
the U.S.S.R. 

• Fully disclose the costs at all 
three higher levels of the church 
of programs on Central America 
and the Soviet Union. 

• Poll Presbyterians' support 
of international positions taken 
by the church. 

National Preacher For '85 
Is Mecklenburg Minister 

A North Carolina minister has 
been named National 
Presbyterian Preacher of the 
Year for 1985. The Rev. Leighton 
Ford was chosen for the 
designation, which has been 
made annually since 1950. He is a 
member of Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, and serves as vice- 
president of the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association and 
chairman of the Lausanne 
Committee for World 
Evangelization, an international 


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Rev. Leighton Ford 

This year's selection of a 
member of the former 
Presbyterian Church U.S. is 
significant, since the award has 
been a tradition primarily in the 
former United Presbyterian 
Church. Among those honored 
over the years have been Dr. 
John Mackay, Dr. Henry Sloane 
Coffin, Dr. John Sutherland 
Bonnell, and Dr. Richard 

Each year, the National 
Presbyterian Church in 

Washington, D.C., receives 
suggestions on a theme and 
preachers to address it; a 
committee at the church reviews 
these suggestions and forwards 
recommendations to the General 
Assembly Council, which makes 
the final decision on theme and 

This year's theme is 

Ford preached at the National 
Church on April 14, challenging 
the denomination to greater 
evangelistic involvement and 
warning against a "blurred 
vision of Jesus," under which we 
construct our own images of 

Examples of this blurring are 
depicting Christ in a gray-flannel 
suit in the '50s; Christ as the 
radical in the '60s ; Christ as the 
"guru of inner space" in the "me 
decade," the '70s; and in the '80s 
depicting Christ as a neo- 
conservative in a business suit, 
preaching a gospel of success and 

True evangelism radically 
transforms and reconstructs 
people and thrusts them into the 
world to be witnesses of the 
changeless Christ, he said. 

Men's Conference To 
Offer Discussion Groups 

The Synod Men's Conference 
will include a number of 
discussion groups, plus worship 
services centering on the theme, 
"Be a Witness for Christ," 
organizers have announced. The 
conference will be held June 21-23 
at Lees-McRae College in Banner 

Among leaders will be Dr. John 
MacLeod, the Synod executive; 
the Rev. Dave Lewis of the 
Presbyterian offices in New 
York; the Rev. Ed Way land, the 
Rev. Bob Johnston; Andy 
Andrews', John Hamil; and Don 


The conference will include 
free time on Saturday afternoon 
for leisure activities, such as 
swimming, hiking, golfing, and 
sight-seeing. In addition, there 
will be an ice-cream social. 

The total cost of $45 for men 
and $40 for women and children 
includes two nights' lodging and 
six meals. 

Register with Bill Norberg 
Route 2, Box 175, Davidson 28036', 
enclosing a check payable to 
Synod Men's Conference for $10 
($5 for women and children) . 



Moral Issues In Central 
America: Two Views Provided 

A discussion on the moral issues facing the United States in 
Central America, approached from two different perspectives, 
took place at Jamestown Church in Greensboro on April 21. 
Sponsored by the church's peacemaking committee, the 
discussion was open to the public. 

Dr. Kay-Robert Volkwijn, staff associate with Orange Presby- 
tery, presented the views of recent General Assemblies, while 
Harvey Poole, an elder at the church, presented the perspective 
of the federal government. 

Overflow Crowd Drawn To 
Seaside Retreat For Youth 

About 470 people took part in the Synod's conference for 
senior-high youth, and as many as 75 had to be turned away for 
lack of space, reported the Rev. Louie V. Andrews, a member of 
the Synod Youth Council. The retreat was held at Fort Caswell 
April 19-21. 

Andrews said the conference was a success. "The kids were 
spectacular," he said. "Their energy was unbelievable, their 
attention span marvelous, their conversations rewarding, and 
their common sense refreshing." 

Governor Delivers Address At 
Lees-McRae Commencement 

Gov. James G. Martin spoke at graduation exercises at Lees- 
McRae College on May 11. 

The governor, a Presbyterian, is the son of the late Rev. 
Arthur M. Martin, longtime executive of the Synod of South 
Carolina. He is a graduate of Davidson College. 


Moderator Urges Prayers For 
Success Of Geneva Arms Talks 

Moderator Harriet Nelson has called on Presbyterians to pray 
that the nuclear-arms reduction talks in Geneva between the 
United States and the Soviet Union will help bring the nuclear- 
arms race to an end. She also called on Presbyterians to 
continue to work for an end to the arms race as they prayed. 

The moderator noted that a means for Presbyterians com- 
mitted to an end to the arms race and wishing to share concerns 
with their representatives in Congress is Presbyterian 
Advocates to Reverse the Arms Race, which provides 
information on pending legislation. The address is Presbyterian 
Church, Box 52, 110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 

Sanctuary Minister Hires 
Ex. Stated Clerk As Lawyer 

The Presbyterian minister charged for his role in providing 
sanctuary to Central American refugees, the Rev. John Fife, 
has retained former Stated Clerk William P. Thompson as his 
attorney for a hearing in federal court on May 21. Fife is 
charged with seven counts of harboring and aiding illegal aliens. 

The hearing will determine what is admissible evidence in his 
trial, set for the summer. Fife told a national Presbyterian staff 
meeting the government was trying to exclude statements on 
the concept of sanctuary, statements on United Nations 
definitions of political refugees, and similar items, Presbyterian 
News Service reported. 

Confession-Of-Faith Drafters 
Announce Public Hearings 

The special committee preparing A Brief Statement of the Re- 
formed Faith will conduct hearings at the meeting of the 
General Assembly in Indianapolis, at which commissioners and 
others will be able to present written or oral testimony about 
their hopes for and concerns about a new confession of faith. The 
hearings will be June 6-8. 

Among other questions, the committee is considering such 
issues as what we hope for in a new confession, the form it 
should take, whether it should be useful liturgically, how broad 
its coverage of topics and themes should be, and how long it 
should be. 

MAY, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

Budget Meetings Continue 

Dr. Ben Lacy Rose of Richmond presented a most 
interesting paper on the Burwell Family at the 
spring meeting of the Presbyterian Historical 
Society. We met on a beautiful spring day at Peace 
College. The Burwells, who began a school at Hills- 
borough, were significantly involved in the 
development of Queens College and Peace College 
—and are among Dr. Rose's ancestors. The Fall 
Tour will be held in October in the Statesville area. 

Claude Godwin and I have continued our visits 
with presbytery councils in the interest of the 
budgets of Synod and General Assembly. Recent 
weeks have found us in Fayetteville, Concord, and 
Orange Presbyteries, and he was also at 
Mecklenburg, but I had to miss that due to a funeral 
in my wife's family. We have been greatly helped in 
these presentations at one place or another by 
Dudley Crawford of West End ; Bill Serjak, Sylvia ; 
Frank Jacks, Waxhaw; and Russell Roebuck of 
Wilson, who chairs Synod's Budget Committee. 
Claude was accompanied by Mission Board 
members Sue Langfitt, Thomasville; Sandy 
McGeachy, Raleigh; and Charles Durham, Newton. 

We attended a churchwide staff meeting in Boston 
and as a part of a program of getting acquainted 
with people from all over the church, I was invited 
to preach at Waltham, Massachusetts. 
Presbyterianism is not strong in New England, the 
story being that the early Presbyterians and 
Congregationalists, in mutual respect and to avoid 
competition, divided the country at the Hudson 
River, with Congregationalists developing the 
northeast and Presbyterians developing New York, 
New Jersey, and Pennsylvania! In any case, Boston, 

now largely Catholic, is an historic and fascinating 
city. Since we have a daughter living there, my wife 
and I drove up via our son's home in Virginia Beach 
and took a little vacation in Boston. Later we spent a 
few days in New York City, where another son lives, 
so in due course we saw all the family, since we have 
one daughter here in Raleigh. 

During this time we attended my wife's class 
reunion at PSCE, which is rapidly achieving fame as 
the only school for Christian education in the 
reunited denomination and with the demand for 
graduates far outrunning the number available. 

Joe Cochran from Albemarle Presbytery and I 
attended the Churchwide Administrative Cabinet 
meeting in Kansas City, another beautiful city. We 
had the strong feeling that the church is being 
brought together effectively at that level. 

Back in North Carolina we had our annual 
briefing of the General Assembly commissioners, 
held this year at Camp Caraway near Asheboro. All 
presbyteries in this state were represented, the 
seven former PCUS and three former UP. We were 
particularly fortunate to have General Assembly 
Stated Clerk James Andrews with us, and we are 
looking forward to the Assembly with interest. 

My wife and I had a wonderful weekend in 
Wilmington where I preached at Westminster 
Church on "Our Scottish Heritage," wearing the 
kilt. The pastor, Dr. Roger Home, was a boy in one 
of the churches I served when just out of seminary. 
The church has a fine choir and an extraordinarily 
talented organist, William Glisson. Altogether, by 
God's grace a month to be remembered with 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

The Most Segregated 
Hour Of The Week 

Sunday morning at 11 o'clock continues to be the 
most segregated time during the week in our nation 
and perhaps the world. After studying the scripture 
and more particularly the teachings of Jesus, one 
would think that of all the hours of the week the 11 
o'clock hour on Sunday morning would be the 
visible expression of the brother/and sisterhood of 
God In reality, however, there is more contact and 
perhaps even authentic brother/and sisterhood in 
all other hours of the week including schools, 
employment, and neighborhoods. Perhaps this is 
true because it has been "mandated." Never- 
theless, it is an attempt to put into practice brother- 
and sisterhood and not just preach it. 

WHY is it when we worship God the author and 
lover of us all — we worship in segregated com- 
munities? How is it possible for one to hear the 
teachings of Jesus on a Sunday morning which 
affirm the entire human race as brothers and 
sisters and at the same time be intentional in 
isolating ourselves from those brothers and sisters? 
I have thought about these types of questions for a 
better part of my ministry, but it really hit me as I 
was driving to church this morning and saw white 
people going to white churches and black people 
going to black churches. Then it naturally followed 
in my mind to visualize the peoples of the world 
going to churches that reflect their individual and 
racial and cultural makeup. This image made me 
feel very sad. 

Having served as a pastor of an integrated and 
predominately white congregation for more than 
eight and a half years, I have some clues that 
may provide some insights into THE 
WHY. When I was invited to serve as pastor of the 
Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, 
Minnesota, I was caught off guard. I had no 
preparation, theologically or otherwise, to serve as 
pastor of an integrated congregation. I had a 
certain mindset about my ministry and whom I 
would serve that included some and excluded 

When I was extended the call to serve as pastor of 
a predominately white church, I as well as 
members of the congregation had to ask in our own 
individual closets some very hard questions. The 
questioning was very self-revealing. Racial bigotry 
and prejudice can be very subtle and complicated. 
Most of us are not aware of our personal prejudice 
until circumstances force us to see ourselves as we 
really are; and then we sometimes cover it up, 
rationalize it, or deny it. I was aware that I had 
some racial prejudice but I did not know the level of 
it and how it severely crippled me spiritually until 
circumstances forced me to go deeper inside of 
myself. What I saw was not all good. I suspect this 
was equally true for some white parishioners as 
they encountered me as their pastor — who was 

As a general rule, we worship with our own kind. 
Probably because it is much easier than worshiping 
with whose who are different. This intentional 
segregation that exists in the church includes 
political viewpoints, social-economic status, 
education, and cultural differences. We worship in 
clone communities — with people who look the way 
we do, think and therefore understand the world as 
we do. The end result is a strong case of 


Who we are shapes how we understand and 
worship God. We often confuse those shapers of 
ourselves with god. (See April Perspective.) God is 
in but not confined to our parochialism. Others are 
equally blessed (even though they are different) by 

As I saw folks walking to their segregated 
churches, I saw them taking with them unique gifts 
which continue to be denied to others. I saw 
potential growth and spiritual overflow denied — 
because of an unwillingness to worship God with 
those who are different. So we continue to preach 
and teach one thing and practice another. And who 
is the loser? We all are! 

Next month: some solutions. 

1 1 KRAEMER \ 

Rethinking The 

Mission Again 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 

"For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord [vs. 
5]. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the tran- 
scendent power belongs to God and not to us [vs. 7]." II Corinthians, 
chap. 4. 

If anyone is ever tempted to imagine that the church carries out its 
mission to share Jesus Christ through humanly conceived plans and 
structures (earthen vessels) alone, then we need to do some 
remembering. We need to remember, humbly to remember, how many 
times the church has replanned and restructured just within our own 
lifetime! These thoughts are prompted at this particular time in the life 
of our church by a Life and Mission Statement for the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.), which will be before the 1985 General Assembly at its 
meeting in June. 

This statement was formulated by a consultation authorized by the 
General Assembly of 1983 "for the purpose of formulating the mission of 
the reunited Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." The consultation in its 
statement seeks to provide: (1) "means by which the reunited church . . 
. might . . . reflect upon a common vision of its life and work"; and (2) 
"a commonly agreed-upon foundation for structuring the life of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." 

For one who has been involved in the work of the church as long as I 
have it would be easy to wonder, "Will we ever get through 
reformulating and replanning and restructuring?" "Will we ever 
finally formulate an 'earthen vessel' that will never have to be 
replaced?" I can remember, without any great effort, The 
Presbyterian Program of Progress, The Presbyterian Development 
Program, The Belmont Plan, The Shepherd Plan, The Evangelism 
Cavalcade, The Visitation Evangelism Campaign, The National 
Council of Churches Preaching Mission, Lay Renewal, The Oxford 
Groups, The Charismatic Groups, The Transcendental Meditation 
Groups, The Hunger Campaign, The Uniform Lessons, The Graded 
Lessons, The Christian Endeavor, The Kingdom Highways, The Youth 
for Christ, The Young Life, The Ladies Aid Society, The Women's 
Auxiliary, The Women of the Church, The Men of the Church, the 
Covenant Life Curriculum, The Shared Approach Curriculum, The Plan 
for Restructure. 

I can recall all of these just sitting here at my typewriter without 
needing to do any research at all. And this list does not include the ones 
I can't recall or the ones which are now active. Some of these efforts 
have been officially related to our church and some have not. Some of 
these efforts have been more successful than others. Some have been 
very meaningful to some people and not to other people. But the 
important thing is that with all these different "earthen vessels," the 
purpose of sharing Jesus Christ as Lord has remained the same. "For 
what we preach is Jesus Christ as Lord ... to show that the 
transcendent power belongs to God and not to us." (II Cor. 4:5,7) 


The Presbyterian Outlook, April 22, in an Explanatory Note about this 
Statement writes, "The Assembly, of course, will study this statement 
and then in some form make its own." Is the statement true to our 
purpose "to present Jesus Christ as Lord"? Does it call upon us who 
claim him to allow him to be Lord of all our lives, whether we are 
thinking about Nicaragua, or Russia, or budget deficits, or our own 
lives and our own call to find the "transcendent power of God"? 

Montreat Calls Director 

The Mountain Retreat As- 
sociation's trustees have named 
the Rev. H. William Peterson as 
the new executive director of the 
Montreat Conference Center, 
succeeding the Rev. Sam Hope, 
who resigned at the end of 1984. 
Peterson has been presbytery 
executive of Western Kentucky 
Presbytery for nine years. 

Montreat is a national 
conference center of the Presby- 
terian Church (U.S.A.), hosting 
numerous conferences each year. 

The moderator of the board, 
Walk Jones, praised Peterson's 
"stature and proven 
administrative abilities" and 
said his background in Christian 
education and conference 
programming would "help lead 
us into the future as we serve the 
new church." Jones added that 
the center would strive to create 
new programs to meet the 
denomination's needs. 

Before becoming presbytery 
executive in Western Kentucky, 
Peterson was associate executive 

Rev. H.W. Peterson 
for four years. He previously 
served as director of you.n 
ministry for the Presbyteiian 
Church U.S. Board of Christian 
Education and was a pastor in 

A native of Plainfield, N.J., 
Peterson is a graduate of Centre 
College and Louisville Seminary. 
He is married to the former 
Elizabeth Myers, and they have 
four children. 



MAY, 1985 

PBS Newscaster MacNeill Discusses Business Ethics 

Public-television newscaster 
Robert MacNeil lectured on 
business ethics at Queens College 
on May 2 and delivered the 
keynote speech at the annual 
Blumenthal Conference on 
Business Ethics, sponsored by 
the college and the Blumenthal 

The conference brings together 
people who can make changes 
that matter in our society, 
including leaders of the church, 
business and industry, 
government, the media, and 
higher education. Held in Little 
Switzerland, the meeting covers 
such topics as managerial 

morality, corporate social and 
ethical responsibility, and how 
religious tenets affect corporate 

Queens faculty and graduate 
students also participate. 

This year's conference, held 
May 3-5, drew such local leaders 
as the president of the Duke 
Power Company, Douglas Booth; 
the chairman of the Mecklenburg 
County Commissioners, Carla 
Dupuy; the Charlotte city 
manager, Wendall White; the as- 
sociate editor of The Charlotte 
Observer, Ed Williams; the 
director of community affairs for 
WSOC-TV, Jeanne Bonn; and Dr. 

Douglas Oldenburg, pastor of 
Covenant Presbyterian Church. 

Other nationally known 
speakers at the conference 
included Joan Claybrook, 
president of Ralph Nader's 
organization, Public Citizen; 
Donald Platten, retired chairman 
and chief executive of Chemical 
New York Corporation and its 
principal subsidiary, Chemical 

Marriage Seminar 

Couples planning a marriage in 
1985 were offered a pre-marriage 
seminar by Hudson Memorial 
Church in Raleigh in April. 

New At Women's Conference: 
Panel On Social Issues 

A new feature of the N.C. 
Presbyterian Women's 
Conference will be panel 
discussions on economic justice, 
hunger, aging, and lifestyles. The 
conference will also include its 
usual classes to increase skills in 
leadership, classes on 
Presbyterian polity and on 
contemporary concerns, and 
sessions on spiritual enrichment 
through art, music, recreation, 
and relationships. 

The conference is being held at 
Montreat in two identical 
sessions, June 9-12 and 12-15. 
Women may choose to attend 

Former N.C. 
Pastor Dies 

The Rev. Everett K. Brown, 
who served two pastorates in 
North Carolina, died on March 6. 
He was 64. 

A native of Dallas, N.C, Brown 
served the Bryson City Church 
from 1949 to 1953 and First 
Church in Goldsboro from 1963 to 
1970. He went to St. Louis in 1970 
and was in that same pastorate at 
his death. During his time there, 
he was elected moderator of the 
Synod of Mid-America, in 1974. 

He was a graduate of King 
College and Union Seminary in 

Surviving are his wife, 
Catherine; three children; and 
three grandchildren. 

Virginia Stevens 

either one. 

The hunger enabler for 
Asheville presbytery, Virginia 
Stevens, will take part in the 
panel discussions and will lead a 
class on alternative Christmas 

The Rev. CO. Magu of 
Charleston, S.C, will be the 
conference's recreation leader. 
He has led recreation at General 
Assembly conferences. He will 
also teach a class on recreation in 
the church; participants should 
bring tennis shoes and slacks or 
shorts for this class. 

Special features at the 
conference include early- 
morning walks and worship, 
evening vespers, stargazing, and 
communion and candlelighting 

In a restful mountain setting enjoy three good, 
home-cooked meals and comfortable 
accommodations in the 

William Black Lodge, 

Synod's Lodge and Conference Center 

•Ideal For Retreats •Continuing-Education 
Classes^Seminars and Meetings 
Of All Kinds • Also For Vacationing 
•Lodging For Assembly Conferences 
For Individuals •Groups From Churches 
•Entire Congregations 

62 Rooms, Most With Private Bath 
Conference Center Seats 85 

For Reservations Or Further Information, 
Call or Write: 

Manager, William Black Lodge 
P.O. Box 818, Montreat, N.C. 28757 
(704) 669-6314 

services around Lake Susan on 
the final evening. 

Free child care will be 
available for the second session 
only, for infants through children 
of kindergarten age. 

Rooms Still 
Available For 

Rooms are still available for 
the 1985 N.C. Presbyterian 
Women's Conference in 
housing at Montreat-Anderson 
College. To reserve a room, 
contact Summer Housing at 
the college: telephone (704) 
669-8011, ext. 217. A deposit of 
$20 should be sent to the 
Summer Housing office, with 
checks made payable to 
Montreat-Anderson College. 
The address is Montreat, N.C. 

To register for the 
conference, send $15, with 
checks made payable to the 
N.C. Presbyterian Women's 
Conference, to Mrs. Amelia R. 
Ford, 4416 Wilgrove, Mint Hill 
Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28212. 

New WOC Study 
Now Available 

The 1985-86 Women's Bible 
Study and the 1985-86 Program 
and Planning Calendar for the 
church are now available from 
the North Carolina Presbyterian 
Resource Center in Raleigh. 

Entitled "Weaving the Fabric 
of Faith," the Bible study focuses 
on the Apostles' Creed and its 
background. The author, 
Johanna W.H. Bos, examines 
themes in the Bible that form the 
Creed's articles. 

The planning calendar contains 
a section with names, job 
responsibilities, addresses, and 
telephone numbers of staff in the 
Atlanta and New York Offices, 
along with lists of executives, ad- 
dresses, and telephone numbers 
for synods and presbyteries and 
addresses and telephone 
numbers for educational 
institutions and seminaries. 

The calendar also includes 
lectionary and special days and 
planning suggestions and 
resources for each month. 

Bank; Richard Jacobs, president 
of Consultant Services Institute, 
a leader in quality control; 
Elizabeth Minnich, professor at 
the Union Graduate School of the 
Union for Experimenting Colleges 
and Universities in Ohio; 
Douglas Wallace, founder and 
director of the Center for Ethics, 
Responsibilities, and Values at 
the College of Saint Catherine in 

Minnesota; Janet Dudrow, 
metrocenter program director 
for the Minneapolis YMCA; and 
John Weil, chairman and chief 
executive of Systems Associates. 

Other supporters of the 
conference were the Knight 
Publishing Company, Piedmont 
Aviation Foundation, Robert E. 
Mason Company, and the S&H 

Educators Feel Call; 
Lack Voice, Accounting 

In 1962, at age 40, I answered the call to fulltime church work. I 
resigned my job, sold my home, and with my wife and two small 
children went to Richmond, Virginia, to enroll at Presbyterian School of 
Christian Education (PSCE). 

Since that time it has been my pleasure to serve as director of 
Christian education in two churches with responsibilities in leader 
recruitment, training and support for church school, youth groups, 
vacation church school, day camps and nurseries; curriculum selection 
and development ; selection and purchase of audio-visual resources and 
equipment; assisting in church building renovation plans, along with 
the equipment and supplies; working with the ministers in preparing 
young people for church membership through confirmation class; 
conducting classes of instruction to admit baptized children to the 

Guest Commentary 

Lord's table; teaching classes when asked; and serving as the 
executive of Session's Committee on Christian education to establish 
goals, carry out plans, and work closely with the church-school council. 

Beyond the local church level, leadership has been provided at Urban 
Council of the city, Presbytery level, Synod, and General Assembly. 

The same story— with slightly different details— could be told by 
dozens of church educators throughout the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.). I share this brief life journey to focus on the current situation 
of all educators. 

It prompts me to say four things : 

1. Our call has never been affirmed by a governing body of the church. 

2. Our theology, knowledge of the Bible, view of the sacraments, church 
polity, or educational methods have never been examined. 

3. We have not been able to vote in the governing body (and some do not 
even have the privilege of the floor ) . 

4. We have never been accountable to Presbytery, nor has there been 
any support like ministers of the Word receive. 

Today in the Presbyterian church, non-ordained educators find 
themselves in an important but ambiguous position — they experience an 
internal call to their particular work of ministry and yet have no 
validation of that call by the church. They perform an essential 
function, are trained as professionals, have a determinative influence 
in the life and work of congregations, and yet they are not a part of the 
Presbyterian system of government. 

The only way to be a part of the system is ordination. The ordination 
of educators will be before the General Assembly in Indianapolis in 
June. The Vocation Agency and the General Assembly Mission Board 
both approved unanimously an overture prepared by the Task Force on 
Ordination of Educators, which had been set up following Reunion. If 
the Assembly and then the presbyteries approve the proposed 
amendments, our Church would lead in establishing the Office of 

Only those educators who desire to be ordained and who qualify would 
be ordained. They would be given exams similar to, but not exactly the 
same as, those for ministers of the Word, and they would become voting 
members of sessions and presbyteries, similar to ruling elders. They 
would not be ordained to preach the Word or administer the 

Our tradition affirms the importance of education, and ordination will 
provide accountability and participation in the governing bodies of the 
church for the educator who meets the standards prescribed by the 
church. I urge commissioners to the General Assembly to vote yes on 
the ordination issue. The idea is right and the time is right. 

Calvin R. Parks Jr. is director of Christian education at First Church 
in Raleigh. 

Mail to the Presbyterian Resource Center, P.O. Box 10785, 
Raleigh, N.C. 27605. Please mail me the following: 

1985-86 Women's Bible Study $1.65 

1985-86 Program and Planning Calendar 5.00 

Ship to: 

Bill to: 

(Please add $1.50 for shipping and handling and 4Vz% sales tax. ) 

MAY, 1985 



Alston Receives Call 

Francis Alston was examined 
by Presbytery and his call ap- 
proved to the William and Mary 
Hart and Nahalah Presbyterian 
Churches at the April 20th stated 
meeting. He comes to Albemarle 
Presbytery after serving fifteen 
years as Pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church in Fair- 
mont, N.C. 

Mr. Alston was the fifth of 
seven children born to Robert 
and Margaret Alston. He 
graduated from Littleton High 
School in Warren County, N.C. 

After graduating from North 
Carolina State University in 1952, 
he served in the United States Ar- 
my for two years, he was briefly 
employed by the Chesapeake and 
Ohio Railroad before entering 

He graduated from Union 
Theological Seminary, Richmond 
and was ordained July, 1959, by 
Mecklenburg Presbytery and in- 
stalled as Pastor of the 
Walkersville Presbyterian 

Francis Alston 

Church. He served several mon- 
ths during this pastorate as a 
Chaplain in the Army. 

He was Pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church in Ellerbe, 
N.C, before going to Fairmont. 

News From Camp 

Send in your registration to- 
day! Registrations for Camp 
Albermarle are running way 
ahead of last year at this time. 
Don't get left out. Some weeks 
are reaching capacity. At press 
time, total enrollment numbered 
260, as compared to the max- 
imum 400. 

A big thank you to 
Meadowbrook Church for their 
donation of a piano to Camp 
Albemarle. The camp has also 
received a refurbished motorboat 
as a gift. Our music and our 
waterfront program will be bet- 
ter because of this generosity. 

Volunteer counselors are still 
needed for some weeks at Camp 
Albemarle this summer. Respon- 
sibilities include twenty-four 
hour supervision of six to twelve 
children, leadership of devo- 
tionals, and co-leadership of 
Bible-study each day. Benefits in- 
clude the love and admiration of 
six to sixty children; the ap- 
preciaiton of all the staff and 
presbytery; the joy of sharing 
yourself; the fun of swimming, 
sailing, canoeing, playing, and 
singing; and the satisfaction of 
knowing you have encouraged 
the Christian faith of the next 
generation. Come and join us this 

Volunteer counselors must be 
at least eighteen and one year 
beyond high school. Volunteer 
counselors-in-training must be at 
least sixteen, must have com- 
pleted the eleventh grade, and 
must have a positive recommen- 
dation from his or her pastor. 
Volunteers are most needed for 
the weeks of June 16-22 (grades 

3- 5), June 23-29 (gr. 4-6), July 
28-Aug. 3 (grades 4-6), and Aug. 

4- 10 (gr. 6-8). If interested, con- 
tact the Rev. Bob McCully, Direc- 
tor of Camp Albemarle at 
(919) 827-5054 or 827-5849. 

Calendar Of Events 


21-22 N.C. Joint Boundaries Committee, Camp Carraway 
23 Church Relations Committee, Greenville, 6:00 p.m. 
25 Women's Concerns, Pinetops, 10:00 a.m. 

25 Briefing for Commissioners to Synod, Greenville, 10:00 a.m. 

26 Committee on Representation, Greenville, 4:00 p.m. 
29 Presbytery Staff Meeting, Greenville, 10:00 a.m. 

30-June 1 Synods of N.C, VA's, Piedmont; Lynchburg College 


2 Stewardship & Finance Committee, Greenville, 4:30 p.m. 
4-12 General Assembly 

9 Camp Staff Training, Camp Albemarle 
14 Volunteer Counselor Training, Camp Albemarle 
17 Evangelism & Church Development Committee, Rocky Mount 

16-22 Camp I — Grades 3-5, Camp Albemarle 

23 Joint Hunger Committee, Goldsboro, 3 : 30 p.m. 
23-29 Camp II — Grades 4-6, Camp Albemarle 

24 Committee on Ministry, Williamston 

25 Personnel Committee, Williamston 

27 Adjourned Meeting— Albemarle Presbytery, Englewood Presby 
terian Church, Rocky Mount, 1 : 00 p.m. 

The Albemarle Presbyterian 

May, 1985 

Church To 
Be Visited 

Between September 5 and Oc- 
tober 15 there will be an "Every 
Church Canvass" to share with 
the Sessions and congregations, 
the ministry of Albemarle 
Presbytery. During these "40 
days" members of every 
Presbytery committee will form 
teams of four to inform the con- 
gregations of the really exciting 
and significant programs. 

There will be a total of 16 
teams. These teams will be brief- 
ed Tuesday, September 3, and 
Thursday, September 5. The 
Stewardship and Finance Com- 
mittee of Council, chaired by 
Rev. Ken Mullis, is sponsoring 
this Every Church Canvass." 

Youth Advisors 
Participate In 
Work Experience 

Fifteen Senior High and Adult 
Advisors from our Presbytery 
will be participating in a Chris- 
tian work experience at the 
Church of the Pilgrims in 
Washington, D.C, Aug. 10-14. 

The work-study program is 
called "The Church in the City." 
It will be designed to match the 
interests, age range and 
background of the group. 

In this program, the Senior 
Highs will observe and take part 
in ministry such as feeding 
Washington's street people. They 
will also visit and help in 
volunteer agencies that provide 
health and housing services to an 
inner-city neighborhood. A 
shelter that provides emergency 
housing for homeless persons will 
also be included in the program. 

This program is a part of the 
Pilgrimage Hostel Center, an 
outreach of the Church of 
Pilgrims established in 1973. 
Through its teaching ministry it 
emphasizes the participation of 
groups in fostering Christian 
Understanding and con- 
cern. The staff plans and 
leads each group in understan- 
ding such ministry and how it 
may apply to other areas. 

Presbytery To 
Meet In June 

An adjourned meeting of 
Presbytery will be held June 27, 
1:00 p.m., at the Englewood 
Presbyterian Church in Rocky 

The meeting's business will in- 
clude reports from the following 
committees: Evangelism and 
Church Development, Campus 
Ministry, Church Relations, 
Specialized Ministries, Court 
Operations, Committee on 
Representation and the 
Attendance-Leave of Absence 
Standing Committee. 

There will be a report by the 
Staff and Management Commit- 
tee on future space for the 
Presbytery office. 

Meet Together 

Joint Meeting of Cape Fear and Albemarle Presbyteries, held Satur- 
day, April 20, 1985, at the First Presbyterian Church, Wilson, N.C. 


MODERATORS FROM BOTH Presbyteries bringing Greetings. 

OPENING WORSHIP WAS led by the Reverends Steve Aschmann 
James McKinnon, Sam Stevenson, and Mike Swart. Elders fron 
Wilson's First Church, Covenant and Calvary also participated in tin 
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

MEMBERS OF BOTH Presbyteries enjoying barbecue under liv 
oaks on First Church's grounds. 

"The Resource Corner 


We've moved! On Thursday, May 16, Albemarle Presbytery' 
Resource Center was moved to First Presbyterian Church, Rock 
Mount. Resources will be located at First Church, 153 North Churcl 
Street (downtown) on an interim basis. 

The Center will be open for business as usual. Philip Gladden will cor 
tinue as Resource Coordinator and can be reached at 446-9121. Th 
Center will continue to provide services to all churches during this ir 
terim period. A new checkout system for greater efficiency will b 

Continue to use your Resource Center. The services are the same; or 
ly the location is different! 



MAY, 1985 

Disaster Response 


"A 'disaster' is an occurrence such as a hurricane, tornado, 
storm, flood, high water, wind-driven water, tidal wave, earth- 
quake, drought, blizzard, pestilence, famine, fire, explosion, 
volcanic eruption, building collapse, transportation wreck, or 
other situations that cause human suffering or creates human 
needs that the victims cannot elleviate without assistance." 

"A 'disaster' is any incident occurring that adversely affects 
and disrupts the lives of those around us in which the local 
church (and/or Presbytery/Synod), have the ability to respond 
to provide emergency service such as caring, food, shelter, 
transportation, communications (ham radio, etc.), and medical 
services, etc." 


We will have people resources to be with people. We will have 
the resources to engage in immediate and long-range response. 
We will have services to provide which cannot be coped with by 
usual local government and community services. 


Contact presbytery office (as soon as possible) . . . they will in 
turn contact the Disaster Coordinator (s) of Concord Presbytery 
who will come to the scene of the disaster to do needs as- 

Experience of the churches in recent emergencies has shown 
critical but often simple challenges for service beyond the scope 
of public programs. 

Workshop On Retirement 
Planning Held 

Active ministers were invited 
to hear Cecil W. Hannaford, As- 
sistant Director of the Board of 
Annuities and Relief in Atlanta. 
He led a Workshop on Retirement 
Planning on April 30 at 
presbytery's office that was well 

Mr. Hannaford also spoke to 
two Gatherings of Retired 
Ministers, their wives and 
widows, on the subject of 
retirement benefits and proposed 
changes involved in the reunion 
of the two branches of the 
Presbyterian Church. Luncheon 
meetings were held at the First 
Presbyterian Church in 
Mocksville on April 30 and the 
Waldensian Church in Valdese on 
May 1 with Mr. Hannaford as 

The Committee on Annuities 
and Relief for the presbytery has 
expended its duties to serve as 
advocate for retirees to aid their 

Cecil W. Hannaford 

communication with the Board of 
Annuities and Relief and to 
provide periodic pre-retirement 
events for active ministers. 

Glade Valley School 
Graduates 1985 Class 

Good response to the financial 
cricis of Glade Valley School by 
churches and individuals has 
made it possible to complete the 
school year. A class of 12 will 
graduate on May 25, and funds 
will still be needed to complete 
the contracts of the teachers, 
which terminate around June 15. 
Churches are urged to contribute 
as generously as possible, if they 
have not yet done so, and should 
there be any surplus, it will be 
used for the liquidation of notes 
and closing expenses of the 

The Board of Trustees voted at 
their March 20, 1985, meeting to 
suspend operations of the school 
for 1985-'86, and to establish a 
committee to investigate all 
possible options for the future. 
There continues to be a need for 
additional funding until such time 
as the Trustees make the 
decisions necessary regarding 

the school and its property in 
consultation with the 
Presbyteries of Concord and 

The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII, Number 5 Sally McQueen, Editor May, 1985 

Felker, Mrs. Joyce Alexander, Mr. Welly Respess, Mrs. Jane Ellen Resch, Miss Jenny Clemmer, 
Mrs. Mary Kinnard, Mrs. Jane King, Mrs. Sally McQueen, Miss Irene Roberts, erghtstill Avery, Mr! 
York Trivette, Dr. Richard Ray, Mrs. Deppe Callahan, Rev. Dick Keaton. 

June 16: Grandfather Home Day 

"We are not rearing children, 
but repairing damage," says 
Wally Respess of Lenoir, 
President of the Board of 
Trustees of Grandfather Home 
for Chidlren. Since 1914, the 
Home has cared for boys and 
girls unable to live with their 
families. Currently the Christian 

staff works with children to 
resolve feelings stemming from 
past emotional and sexual abuse 
so that they can again live with a 
family. If a child cannot be united 
with his blood family, an adoptive 
placement is the goal. 

Sunday, June 16, is designated 
by presbytery as Grandfather 

New Projects 2 C -A-Meal 

Pennies add up to miracles as 
the churches of the presbytery 
continue to dedicate them to God 
in the service of the hungry at 
home and overseas. Since the 
beginning a year ago, a total of 
$70,000 has been given by both 
small and large congregations 
within the bounds of the 
presbytery. Anticipating 
continuing response, the Joint 
Committee of Concord and 
Yadkin Presbyteries has consi- 
dered prpoosals for local projects 
and made a selection of three to 
be funded from the 2 e -a-meal 

Endorsed by the sesion of the 
Lansing Church, $6,000 will go to 
the Mountain Mission of Ashe 
County through a special fund 
which supplies the work of Dr. 
Robert Stamper. The project goal 
is to establish gardens for older 
persons and make available 
supplemental food. 

The Christian Ministry of 
Lincoln County will receive 
$1,000. This is an ecumenical 
ministry which supplies a food 
pantry and other services to the 
county area, and the request was 
endorsed by the First Presby- 
terian Church of LIncolnton. 

The Ram Rock Thrift Shop and 
Food Pantry of Avery County is 
designated for $3,000. It is a 
project of the Resort Area 
Ministry and was endorsed by the 
session of the Newland Presby- 
terian Church, one of the 
founders of this ecumenical 
ministry of clothing and food in a 
county with seasonal resort 

The Joint Committee 
considered further requests at 
the Retreat held on April 29-30 
and reminds congregations that 
forms for application will be 
provided by presbytery's office. 

Home Day with a special offering 
to enable congregations to have a 
share in repairing the damage in 
the lives of many families in 
North Carolina. Since only $2,000 
has been included in presbytery's 
1985'86 budget, this year's 
offering is crucial to the 
continuance of this urgent 
ministry. Materials on Honor and 
Memorial gifts, as well as other 
information, have been sent to 
each congregation. "Only with 
prayer and strong private 
financial support can we continue 
our mission of mending 
families," says Jim Swinkola, 
Executive Director of Grand- 
father Home. 






Nominating Committee, 9 

Candidates Committee, 1 


Church Development 
Committee, 3 p.m. 
Examinations Committee, 

Synod Meeting, Lynch- 
burg, VA. 

'Youth Observers' Will Continue 
To Attend Meetings Of Presbytery 


6 Candidates Committee, 1 

14-15 Presbytery Stated Meet 
ing, Lees-McRae College 
16 Summer Camp Opens 

In an effort to inform young 
people of the function of the 
governing bodies of the Church, 
presbytery voted at the April 
meeting to continue the "Youth 
Observers" at the June Presby- 
tery meeting. Chosen from 
specified local congregations, 
youth delegates will gather at 
Lees-McRae College in Banner 
Elk one day before the Stated 
Meeting on June 14-15 to discuss 
issues coming before the body 
and to inform themselves on 
procedures for decision making. 

The Stated Meeting was held at 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
Lexington, on April 16 with Elder 
Bill Coley of the First 
Presbyterian Church, Belmont, 
as Moderator. The Rev. Gaston 
Boyle, retired, of Statesville, was 
named Modera tor-in- 

The Rev. Bobby Lee Combs 
was recognized in a service of 
Honorable Retirement. The Rev. 
William Robert Anderson was 

examined and received to accept 
a call to the Old Forst and Siloam 
Presbyterian Churches. 

Mrs. Margaret Montgomery of 
the Office of World Service in 
Atlanta spoke on the present 
situation in Refugee 
Resettlement saying that the 
need is still urgent for the 
thousands of displaced persons of 
the world, particularly those in 
Europe. She urged congregations 
to consider seriously this form of 
answering the call of Christ to 
minister to the poor and outcast. 


Someone who enjoys taking 
pictures, possesses a good 
camera, and attends Stated 
Meetings of the Presbytery of 
Concord regularly. Cost of 
film and developing will be 
paid by the Communication 
Committee. Write Editor, 
Concord Presbyterian, P.O. 
Box 1665, Statesville, N.C. 

MAY, 1985 



BACK FROM DISASTER . . . Pictured above is the steeple of First 
Presbyterian Church, Red Springs. Reconstruction of the sanctuary, 
where the roof was smashed when the church steeple was toppled after 
the March 28, 1984, tornado, is soon to be completed. A construction 
crew is expected to finish repairs by mid-summer, one year after the 
devastating tornado hit the church. 

Important Notice: Make Plans To Bring 
A Carload Of People From Your Church 

Presbytery School 

WHEN? August 24, 1985. 

Where? Fayetteville Technical 

Why? To better equip laity and 
pastors to serve Christ in the 
local church. 

Who? Sunday School teachers, 
pastors, musicians, Sunday 
School superintendents, youth 
fellowship leaders. 

Many outstanding persons 
have committed their time and 
talents to provide leadership in 
Presbytery School. 

Please Come! ! 

In Loving Memory 

The following elders have been 
recognized for leadership to the 
Raeford Presbyterian Church 
that they served faithfully in 
their lifetimes: Earl Norman 
Fowler and John Lawrence 

Camp Monroe 
Summer Program 

Resident Camp: Session I July 
1-6; Session II July 8-13; Session 
III July 15-20; Session IV July 22- 
27 ; Session V July 29-August 3. 

Adventure Camp: Adventure I 
July 1-13; Adventure II July 22- 
August 3; Senior High 
Conference: July 6-13. 

Fees: \ Resident Camp-$90. 
Adventure Camp -$200. Senior 
High Conference-$100. 

Calendar Of Events 

(All events scheduled for the Presbytery Office unless otherwise noted) . 

15 10:30 a.m.— Briefing for General Assembly Commissioners 
21-22 Boundary Committee-Camp Caraway 

21 12:30 p.m. —Church Educators 

2:00 p.m.— Camp Programming sub-committee-Camp Monroe 

Camp Monroe Board of Directors-Camp Monroe 


28 5:00 p.m.— Division of Church Development and Redevelopment 
30-June 1 Synod of North Carolina-Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va . 



General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church 

(U.S.A.)— Indianapolis, Indiana 
12 Noon— Committee on Ministry 
6:30 p.m.— Division of Stewardship and Finance 
10 a.m.— Presbytery Staff 
12:30 p.m.— Church Educators 

Synod's Men's Conference— Lees McRae College, 

Banner Elk, N.C. 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Mickey dePrater, Editor 

May, 1985 

Resource Center News 

The Resource Center has many 
resources for churches to make 
use of and the Resource Center 
welcomes visitors. Resources 
available include: 


V 2 of Our Congregations, Adults 
Over Age 50, Presbyterian Office 
on Aging, Atlanta, Georgia. 
Information included for 
churches to provide effective 
ministry to older adults. 

Graceful Aging : Biblical 
Perspectives by Mac N. and Anne 
Shaw Turnage. 

When Parents Grow Old by 
John I. Rhea. A training design 
for use with Adult Children 
Caring for Aging Parents. 

THA MUFFIN — filmstrip and 
cassette and script dealing with 
the topic of aging as seen through 
the eyes of a mouse. 


Pentecost is a season of the 
church year that occurs 50 days 
after Easter. The Church 
traditionally has celebrated the 
unique gift of the Holy Spirit 
during Pentecost. Resources 
available for use are: 

Teaching and Celebrating 
Lent-Easter by Don and Pat 
Griggs. Seasons of the church 
year are included for use by older 

Programs for Lent-Easter. Vol. 
2, by Vincie Alessi. This resource 
includes a Pentecost celebration. 


The Giving Book by Thompson 
and Schultz is a new resource 
with excellent ideas for group 
discussions among youth. 






Go Forth To Serve 

July 6-14 At Camp Monroe 
and Atlanta, Georgia. 

Purpose: Sponsored by Presby- 
tery's Youth Council for Senior 
High Youth Mission Trip to 
Atlanta to provide opportunities 
for young people to engage in 
service ministries in an urban 
setting and to see the 
Presbyterian Church (USA) at a 
national level. Inquiries into the 
program of LIFE 6 should be 
directed to: Sam Warner, Box 
1061, Lumberton, N.C. 28359. 


A Vacation School workshop 
was held at Fayetteville 
Presbytery Office on Sunday, 
April 28, 1985, from 3-5 P.M. 
Instructors Kathy Carmical, 
Mickey dePrater, and Finley 
Sutton, presented Augsburg as 
well as Vacation Ventures 
vacation Church School Cur- 
riculum. Participants were 
allowed to make for themselves 
many of the crafts that were 
suggested in the curriculum. 

Anyone who was unable to attend 
the workshop, may come to the 
Resource Center and preview the 


A catalog of all available 
resources in the Resource Center 
is for sale. These catalogs will be 
taken to Presbytery on May 23 
and they may be purchased there 
for $1. If your church desires a 
catalog please make plans now 
for your purchase. 

Men Of The Church 
Spring Rally Held April 28 

The Men of the Church held 
their Spring Rally at Camp 
Monroe on Sunday, April 28, 1985. 

One hundred and sixty-eight 

Church Fights 

The children's choir from 
Lillington Presbyterian Church 
in Lillington has made a strong 
statement on behalf of the cause 
to end world hunger. The choir 
recently presented a musical and 
contributions to the World 
Hunger Fund totaled $362.00. 
- Congratulations, Sherry West 
and all choir members, and con- 
tinued success as you continue to 
serve Christ so effectively. 


First Presbyterian Church, 
Fayetteville — 

Women of the Church will have 
joint circle meetings during the 
summer months, June through 
August, 1985. 

Other churches throughout our 
area are invited to attend these 
informative and inspirational 

Where? First Presbyterian 
Church, Fayetteville fellowship 

Topic? Trinity. 

Time? 7 P.M. 

When? June 12 Speaker: Dr. 
James Efird, Duke Divinity 
School, July 17 Speaker: The 
Rev. George Thomas, Peace 
College. August 14 Speaker: Dr. 
Daniel Rhodes, Davidson 

men were in attendance to hear 
the guest speaker, the Reverend 
WW. Hatcher, Executer 
Presbyter. An excellent meal 
was provided by the Camp 
Monroe Staff. 

Jim Ross of the Summerville 
Church was elected President of 
the Men of the Church for the new 
year. The next Men of the Church 
Rally will be in September, 1985. 

Pacesetter Program 
Is Unique 

The Pacesetter Program at 
Camp Monroe is a unique 
opportunity for youth of Fayette- 
ville Presbytery to have a 
camping experience while 
developing as responsible 
persons. Youth between the ages 
of 15 and 17 live and work under 
the supervision of the Camp 
Director/Manager and a pace- 
setter counselor. New projects 
are planned and begun. 
Maintenance work done. Still 
there is time for recreation and 

Each day begins with group 
Bible Study and concludes with 
evening devotions. Pacesetters 
participate in all total camp 
activities. There is no cost to the 
camper. Each pacesetter is 
limited to two weeks during 
resident camp session (July 1- 

For additional information and 
applications contact the Office of 
Fayetteville Presbytery, P.O. 
Box 53627, Fayetteville, N.C. 
28305-3627 or call (919) 485-6106. 

CORRECTION : On Sunday, March 24, 1985, new elders were installed 
at the Korean Presbyterian Church. The new sanctuary, as seen above, 
will be dedicated in June, 1985. The church is located on Ireland Drive in 



MAY, 1985 

Twelve $40 Scholarships 
To Youth Events Available 

The Presbytery of Mecklen- 
burg has limited scholarship 
monies available for the three 
Montreat Youth Conferences, the 
Youth Leadership Development 
Conference, and the Presbytery 
Work Camp to Jackson, Ken- 

Twelve scholarships of $40 each 
are available. 

They will be awarded one per 
church on a "first come, first 
served" basis. 

Applicants for a scholarship 
must have already applied to 

Montreat or the workcamp for 
admission to the conference. 

Scholarship requests must be 
made by May 31, 1985. 

Montreat Youth Conference 
dates are June 29-July 5, July 
28-August 3, and August 4-10. The 
Youth Leadership Development 
Conference at Montreat is July 
14-20. The Appalachia Work 
Camp will be June 16-22. 

For further information con- 
cerning the scholarships, contact 
Judy Hays (375-0076). 

Presbytery Will Coordinate 
Orders For Mission Book 

Mecklenburg Presbytery will 
coordinate orders this year for its 
churches to order the 1986 MIS- 

This will mean that churches 
will be able to get copies of the 
book at a substantially reduced 

The price for each book will be 
$2.50, so each church may order 
as many or as few books as need- 

ed. However, all orders must be 

All orders, along with a check 
payable to "Mecklenburg 
Presbytery", must be turned in 
to Presbytery's Office no later 
than June 1. The books will be 
mailed to Presbytery in early 
November for churches to pick 

For further information, con- 
tact Judy Hays (375-0076). 

Loaves and Fishes Feeds 
Hungry In Union County 

(Ed. Note: This is the fourth in 
a series of articles concerning the 
various programs receiving 
assistance through the Two Cents 
a Meal program.) 

The Loaves and Fishes Pro- 
gram of Union County was 
organized in April, 1983, when the 
congregation of St. Paul's 
Episcopal Church of Monroe 
recognized the need to feed 
hungry people in Union County. 

Under the direction of Dan Rig- 
gall, Rector of St. Paul's, and 
with funding from the Episcopal 
Diocese of North Carolina, and 
local civic groups, Loaves and 
Fishes was opened in the Parish 
Hall of the Church. 

Since its inception, Loaves and 
Fishes has fed over 1,023 
families, totaling 3,722 persons, 
or 78,162 meals. Meals are nutri- 
tionally balanced, and enough 
food for a meal is given for each 
family member. 

Food is usually given on a one- 
time basis for families in crisis 
situations, referred by the human 
services organizations such as 
Red Cross, Department of Social 

Services, etc. The total cost of 
each meal is 52 cents. 

In 1984, the Presbyterian chur- 
ches in the area became actively 
involved in the volunteer work of 
Loaves and Fishes, and conse- 
quently, help with funding was 
requested from the Two Cents a 
Meal for Hunger Program of 
Mecklenburg and Catawba 

32 percent of the funding for 
Loaves and Fishes in 1984 was 
received from the Two Cents a 
Meal program, with the remain- 
ing support coming from local 
church and civic organizations. 

Loaves and Fishes was recent- 
ly incorporated with a nine- 
member board of directors 
representing the local churches, 
including First Presbyterian of 

This program is operated five 
days a week, and is staffed by 
over 50 volunteers. It is ad- 
ministered by the board, which is 
headed by Paul Painter. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
continues to serve as the distribu- 
tion point and furnishes all 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor May, 1985 

Queens Alumna Is Honored 
With New Endowed Scholarship 

BILLY O. WIREMAN, President of Queens College, greets Sara 
Blythe Williamson (center), and her aunt, Sarah Locke Blythe (right), 
class of 1925, in whose name a new endowed scholarship has been 
established at Queens College. 

At Queens College's Homecom- 
ing April 13, Alumni Director 1 
Adelaide Davis announced a new 
scholarship that was a surprise to 
the alumna for whom it is named. 

Sarah Locke Blythe graduated 
from Queens in 1925 and was at- ! 
tending Homecoming for her 60th 
reunion. Davis announced that 
Blythe had been honored by her ' 
nieces and nephews who have 
established an endowed scholar- 
ship in her name. 

The income from the endow- 
ment will be used to help 
Presbyterian women of outstan- , 
ding character and strong 
academic credentials obtain a < 
Queens education. 

Miss Blythe is a resident of 
Sharon Towers, a Presbyterian 
retirement home on Sharon Road 
in Charlotte, and is an Elder 
Emeritus of Charlotte's Trinity 
Presbyterian Church. 

Contributions to the Sarah 
Locke Blythe Scholarship may be 
mailed to the Alumni Office, 
Queens College, 1900 Selwyn 
Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28274. 

New Video Resources Acquired 

SENIOR HIGHS of Mecklenburg Presbytery worked to clean brush 

and debris from the Lake Norman property on May 5. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 
recently has acquired a number 
of new resources on various 
topics, geared to various age 
levels or interest groups. 

Included are resources on in- 
clusiveness in language and rela- 
tionships, retreat design, 
economic justice, peacemaking, 
and a number of new video 
cassettes dealing with various 

Commitment to Peacemaking, 
with Ben Sparks and Mike Maus, 
is an explanation of the meaning 
and steps of the commitment 
which all sessions are encourag- 
ed to make. It is intended for Ses- 
sions and congregational gather- 

The Mighty Acts of God is an in- 
terview with Dr. A.B. Rhodes, 
author of the Covenant Life Cur- 
riculum study book. The video 
cassette contains helpful 
material on the Creation and 
Miracles, and would be useful to 
classes who are studying the 

The Transforming Moment is 
an interview with Dr. James 
Loder, author of the book by the 
same name. It describes those 
certain spiritual experiences 
which can change directions of a 
person's life. It is appropriate for 
all persons. 

Reach Out to Singles is a sen- 
sitive and comprehensive look at 
concerns and hopes for singles 
with implications for the church's 
ministry. It is recommended for 
committees and/or staff who 
have responsibility for singles. 

The Art of Asking Questions 
with Don Griggs is aimed toward 
all church school teachers, Bible 
moderators, etc. 

Presbyterian Evangelism with 
Ben Johnson is designed for use 

by Sessions, congregational 
gatherings, or committees on 

Language and the Church, 
edited by Barbara Withers, in- 
cludes articles and designs for 
workshops. It is an excellent book 
for adult/older youth classes and 
contains Bible study and 
experience-centered learning. 

Is God the Only Reliable 
Father?, by Diane Tennis, is a 
provocative book challenging 
men and women to rethink their 
relationship with God and each 
other. She urges Christians NOT 
to abandon the Father image of 

Responsible Living for Global 
Sharing, by Elizabeth Caldwell, 
explores ways persons can ex- 
perience community as they 

make choices about ways they 
can live as disciples of Christ in 
the world. 

Women, Faith and Economic 
Justice, edited by Jackie Smith, 
challenges women to become 
more aware of and involved in 
economic realities that face all 
members of the human family. 

Shalom: A Study of the Biblical 
Concept of Peace, from the 
KERYGMA program, is an in- 
depth study for adults. The 
14-week series deals with con- 
cerns of peace in the Scripture 
and meanings for life today. 

Love of Enemies: The Way to 
Peace, by William Klassen, is an 
examination of the relation of 
love of enemies to questions of 
war and peace in Jewish and 
Christian tradition. 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


20 7:30 p.m.— Haiti Commission 
25 —Stewardship Workshops 

24th 7-9:30p.m.; 25th, 9:15a. m.-12:30p.m. 





30-June 1 Synod of North Carolina— Lynchburg, Va. 

3 6:00 p.m.— Specialized Ministries 

4-12 —General Assembly— Indianapolis, Ind. 

4 4:00 p.m.— Planning 

6 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 
11 4:00 p.m.— Christian Education 
18 3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

MAY, 1985 



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Bob Poteet, Editor 

May, 1985 

Presbytery Meets In Greensboro 

Martha Lou Anderson 


On March 6, 1985 Martha Lou 
Anderson retired from the active 
practice of being Director of 
Christian Education in a local 
congregation after thirty years, 
serving churches in North 
Carolina, Virginia and 
Tennessee. Most recently, 
Martha served as DCE at the 
Starmount Church in 

The certified educator has her 
roots in Knoxville and received 
her undergraduate degree in 
elementary education from the 
University of Tennessee. She has 
been vitally interested in youth 
and young adult ministry from 
days of her own adolescence and 
was instrumental in the 
establishment of the Presby- 
terian Student Center on the 
campus of University of 

While having experience, 
interest and certification in 
church business administration 
and feeling that "organization 
and administration have been 
long suits," her administration of 
Christian Education programs 
has reflected these same 
interests. Leadership training 
and development have always 
been high priorities with Martha 

Her long list of areas of 
special expertise include that of 


The Singles' Ministry Com- 
mittee of presbytery has 
members who are willing and 
able to meet with local church 
persons interested in 
organizing a program of 
ministry for single adults, 
persons needing helping stren- 
gthening established 
programs, or to participate as 
a speaker or resource person 
on a program for singles. If 
interested, contact Bob 

goal setting; planning, 
implementing, directing and 
evaluating C.E. programs; com- 
munication skills and group 
dynamics/process ; and the use of 
media in communication and 

Martha Lou is a person- 
centered individual with special 
skills and sensitivities to help 
people in crisis situations. She 
has received special training in 
pastoral care and ministry with 
older adults, presently serves on 
the Adjunct Chaplain's Staff at 
Wesley Long Hospital in 
Greensboro, and is a volunteer- 
on-call at the hospital, 24 hours a 

She has been active at all levels 
of the church, from presbytery 
and synod to the General As- 
sembly, serving on youth, 
Christian education, witness, and 
candidates' committees, has 
served on the Council of 
Presbytery and now serves on the 
Boundary Committee. 

It is obvious that Martha Lou 
Anderson has enjoyed an active 
and effective ministry. We give 
thanks to God for her ministry as 
Educator and look forward to 
new opportunities of working 
with her in the future. 

The fifty-third Stated Meeting 
jf Orange Presbytery met in the 
Presbyterian Church of the 
Covenant on April 23. 

Several reports were made 
ranging from the Capital Funds 
Campaign, a report on the 
political unrest in South Africa by 
Kay-Robert Volkwijn, Tommie 
Thomas' report on the past year's 
work of the Women of Orange, to 
Mildred Hoggard's report on the 
major leadership training event, 
for First Church, Burlington, 
September 21. 

Dr. Charles Williams gave an 
update on the Capital Funds 
Campaign, stating that to date, 
commitments on the part of 
churches and individuals is now 
$4,008, 709 and many of our 
churches are now just beginning 
the actual canvass of members. 

Dr. Douglas Oldenburg, pastor 
of the Covenant Presbyterian 
Church in Charlotte spoke on the 
paper adopted for study by the 
196th General Assembly (1984), 
composed of Leah Wise, Charles 
Wilson, Jr. and Stewart Allen 
discussed economics and justice 
in general. Copies of Dr. Olden- 
burg's address, "A Biblical 
Vision of Economic Justice", are 
available from presbytery's 

W.O.C. Meet 
In Raleigh 

Rainbows were in the air and 
everywhere in the flower design 
of Milner Memorial Church in 
Raleigh, when approximately 
four hundred women were enter- 
tained during the 88th annual 
meeting of the Women of Orange 
Presbytery, April 16-17. 

Mrs. John Thomas of High 
Point and President of the 
Women of Orange Presbytery 
presided over the two day meeting 
the new design for Presbyterian 
women at both sessions of the 
meeting, The Community of 
Presbyterian Women, 
at both sessions of the meeting. 
This was the first opportunity for 
Orange Presbyterian women to 
hear about the proposed 
structure and changes. They 
were given an opportunity to 
respond to these changes. 

The following officers were 
presented at the evening session 
and were installed during the 
morning session: President- 
elect: Mrs. Carl Monroe, 
Greensboro; Vice-president: 
Mrs. Max Abernathy, 
Greensboro; Recording Sec- 
retary: Mrs. Donald E. Gillespie, 
Greensboro; Treasurer: Mrs. 
Harvey Home, Raleigh; 
Christian Community Action: 
Mrs. Elliott Hester, High Point; 
Personal Faith and Family Life: 
Mrs. Worth McMains, Apex; 
Ecumenical Missions: Mrs. John 
Hamme, Raleigh; White Cross: 
Mrs. Neal Covington, Mebane; 
District 3: Mrs. Edgar Dunn, 
Burlington; District 5: Mrs. 
James Allen, Raleigh; District 6: 
Mrs. Keith Matthias, Weldon. 

A luncheon was served 
following the morning meeting. 

The annual Spiritual Retreat 
will be rescheduled for August. 
Watch for dates and place. 


A service of retirement was 
held for Dr. Albert E. Dimmock, 
effective June 30, 1985. Ordained 
to the Ministry of Word and 
Sacrament September 8, 1946, Al 
has served pastorates in 
Virginia, West Virginia, 
Tennessee and North Carolina, 
having served as Pastor of the 
West Raleigh Church for 13 
years. Most recently, he has 
served on the faculty of PSCE in 
Richmond, VA. Upon retirement, 
Dr. Dimmock will live in 
Montreat and will continue to 
focus much of his energy on 
ministry with the aging. 

The Worship Committee of 
presbytery led the governing 
body in worship. Early in the day, 
those elders and ministers who 
had died during the past year 
were remembered and thanks to 
God was expressed for their 
ministry and service. Eric Lohe, 
David Hoffelt and Alfred Thomas 
participated in the leadership for 
this service. Just prior to lunch, 
the presbytery continued its 
worship as the Sacrament of the 
Lord's Supper was celebrated. In 
addition to those mentioned 
earlier, Joanne Hull and host 
pastor Z.N. Holler shared in the 
worship leadership. 

Richard B. Vines was 
examined and received into 
membership of Orange 

"Kid's Praise" 
Presented At 
Roanoke Rapids 

A lot is happening at First 
Church Roanoke Rapids. On 
Sunday March 24 the Children's 
Choir presented the children's 
musical KID'S PRAISE, a 
program of worship and praise 
set to music, recitation of 
scripture, and singing. These 
children offered themselves and 
this musical program as part of 
the 11:00 a.m. worship service. 
Ann Jackson is choir director and 
Tommy Snead, accompanist. 
Frank Covington is Pastor. 

On March 16-17, Dr. John H. 
Leith, member of Orange 
Presbytery and Pemberton 
Professor of Theology at Union 
Seminary in Richmond, 
presented a series of lectures at 
the church. The Christian Enrich- 
ment series focused on "The 
Ethics of Presbyterianism", 
"Presbyterians and Worship," 
"Presbyterian Responsibility 

Presbytery. Dick will become As- 
sociate Pastor of White Memorial 
Church, Raleigh, coming to this 
presbytery from a twelve year 
pastorate at the Northside 
Church, Blacksburg, VA. 

The Candidates' Committee 
noted that Elizabeth C. Johnson, 
formerly candidate for Christian 
Educator, had completed her 
work at PSCE and had accepted a 
call as Associate Director for 
Youth Ministry, First Church, 

Claude Godwin reported on the 
work of the Manual Committee 
after which the governing body 
voted to adopt the Operations 
Manual, part III. In a similar 
manner, the revised Nominating 
Operations Manual was adopted. 
The Nominations Committee 
chairperson reported for the 
committee and placed in 
nomination, names of persons to 
serve in the newly adopted 
structure of presbytery. The 
nominees were elected. 

Before adjournment, ap- 
preciation was expressed to 
William Stinespring for his many 
years of ministry in Orange 
Presbytery. He is moving to 

The meeting was adjourned to 
meet next at Peace College, 
Raleigh, July 23,9:00 A.M. 

Hunger Committee 
Member Honored 

Dr. Barbara Clawson, active 
member of the presbytery's 
Hunger Committee and professor 
in the School of Home Econmics 
at UNC-G has been honored as 
the recipient of the first Home 
Economics Foundation Award 
for Outstanding Teaching. 

Dr. Jacqueline Voss, dean of 
the School of Home Economics 
said in making the presentation, 
"Almost from the first day that I 
walked into the office, faculty 
and students have cited Dr. 
Clawson's outstanding 
performance in the classroom, a 
taskmaster with high standards, 
but also with patience and 
empathy for the student. ' ' 

Barbara is an Elder in the Star- 
mount Church, Greensboro, has 
served her local church in many 
capacities and continues to offer 
her same enthusiastic service to 
presbytery's Hunger Committee. 
Congratulations, Barbara! 

First Presbyterian Church Sept. 21, 1985 
Burlington 9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 

The complete brochure for this first annual leadership 
training event for persons serving in leadership positions in the 
total life of the church is now available through your church 
office listing all of the courses, times for the classes, and leader- 
ship. Ask your pastor for a copy (they were distributed at the 
April 23rd meeting of Presbytery). Extras are available at the 
presbytery office. Note: Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., 
opening worship and orientation at 9:00 and classes begin at 

Each month appearing in this column will be the listing of an 
additional group of classes being offered. You will note, there's 
something for everyone! 

Christian Education 

•"Clown Ministry For Youth and Adults" — Pat Stewart 
•"Dimensions in Stewardship Education"— Bruce Berry 
• Organization of the C.E. Program" — Robert Poteet 
•"Tailoring Curriculum for Adults"— Jocelyn Hill 

Children's and Youth Ministry 

•"Presenting a Christian Perspective on Sex to Teens"— 
Paul Ransford 

•"Helping Youth Develop Leadership Skills"— Harriet Isbell 
•"Junior High Teaching/Learning"— Paul Ransford 
•"Junior/Senior Highs Together"— Harriet Isbell 
•"Senior High Teaching/Learning"— David Ng 



MAY, 1985 

Lesson Nine: June — "Behold The Day Comes " — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 


When someone says to you, "I love you," what is the 
only — the only — satisfactory response? Of course it is "I 
love you, too." Not "That's nice," or "Thank you," or "I 
appreciate your saying so," and certainly "Prove it," or 
"How can I be sure?" will never do. The Book of Malachi 
begins with the prophet's announcing God's declaration of 
love to his people; but unfortunately, the response of the 
people is an ungrateful "How have you loved us?" 

While the usual prophetic style centered around the pro- 
nouncement, "Thus says the LORD," in a straightfor- 
ward message of judgment and hope, we have seen that 
there was variety in the presentations. Habakkuk's 
prophecy took the form of a dialogue with God; the Book 
of Jonah is a narrative about a prophet ; and now we come 
to Malachi, whose style is that of "prophetic dispute." See 
p. 69 in the study book/last half of col. b, p. 26 in Concern. 
It is as though the prophet sees the nation in the petulant 
mood sometimes associated with adolescents resisting 
authority, as the people argue with every assertion God 
makes for their good. The prhase "But you say" (or its 
equivalent) occurs at least eight times in these four 


Much of what Malachi has to say centers around ritual, 
particularly that of bringing offerings to the house of God. 

The prophets have made us aware of the importance as 
well as the limitations of symbol, and they can guide us in 
our proper use of symbols. 

Amos and Micah called attention to the misuse of 
symbols, as the eighth-century Israelites were sub- 
stituting religious ceremony for responsible living. When 
their holy symbols were taken away in the destruction of 
the temple, Haggai and Zechariah reminded the people of 
the importance of symbol, and after the exile instigated 
the rebuilding of the temple. 

Now Malachi sees the temple rebuilt and the sacrifices 
reinstated, but the meaning of the ritual has gone. What 
ought to be joyous giving to God, who has given them 
everything, has become, "What's the least I can get by 

The inferior offerings they bring to the Lord (which 
would be unacceptable to the government) reveal the 
contemptuous feeling they have for Almighty God. (Mai. 
1:6-9) To the prophet, no offering at all would be better 
than shabby ones, for the quality of their gifts represents 
the real quality of their relationship with God. 

In verse ten of Chapter 1 Malachi comes close to Amos's 
"I hate, I despise your feasts . . ." (Amos 5:21) when he 
cries, "Oh, that there were one among you who would shut 
the doors, that you might not kindle fire upon my altar in 
vain!" The "Pause and Reflect" questions on p. 70 in the 
study book (27a in Concern) are very important, and your 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

discussion of them may enrich your worship. 


In his "prophetic dispute" Malachi reminds his 
hearers/readers of the obligation of covenants. He calls 
the clergy on the carpet for their distorted teaching, 
whereby they are corrupting the "covenant of life and 
peace." (Mai. 2:1-9) Then he attacks those who have 
broken the covenant of marriage. (2: 13-16) 

After the exile it was a widespread practice for Jewish 
men to divorce their Jewish wives and marry foreigners. 
To see how strong the orthodox reaction was to these new 
marriages, read the accounts in Ezra 9:1-3, 10:1-44, and 
Nehemiah 13:23-27. 

Evidently there was no objection to abandoning the 
wives and children of these "heathen" marriages, for it 
was only the first marriage to a Jewish woman that 
counted. The reason for this strong position was evidently 
the pull of the future: what they were after was "godly off- 
spring" (Mai. 2:15), which they felt they could get only if 
Mere was a Jewish mother in the home, instructing the 

In answer to the question, "Where is the God of 
justice?" (Mai. 2: 17) and the complaint, What is the use of 
our being good? (3:14), the prophet faces the problem of 
theodicy; and again he looks to the future with hopeful- 

No good deed is forgotten, and all "those who feared the 
LORD and thought on his name" (3:16) have the as- 
surance that they will be truly God's own — "my special 
possession," he says. (3:17) 


Tbe prophet has hope for the future because God is in 
the future, and God is coming. (Mai. 3:1) God's invitation, 
"Return to me, and I will return to you," (3:7) carries the 
assurance of the covenant. 

Ever since the LORD God came seeking the pair in the 
garden after they had sinned, that question, "Where are 
you?" has been addressed to his creatures. And wherever 
we are — whoever we are — to us God says, "Come back 
to me, where you belong. Return to me, and I will return to 
you." This is no "cheap grace," however; and Malachi 
spells out what we will have to do — will want to do — if we 
genuinely respond to God. 

The fact of judgment has to be faced, and our prophet 
writes of the crucible we must endure. God is no indulgent 
Grandpoppa — or Grandma — but is rather "like a 
refiner's fire and like fullers' soap." (Mai. 3:2) God's law 
is there, and it must be obeyed. (3:5) In the true spirit of 

the prophets, the commandments Malachi cites are those 
having to do with relationships, especially relationships 
with the marginal people of society; the hireling, the 
widow, the sojourner. 

God's coming will be prepared for as God's people 
"bring the full tithes into the storehouse." (Mai. 3: 10) Our- 
return to God must be accompanied by full hands — hands 
that bring back to God for God's people what really 
belongs to God. Malachi does not pull his punches: he says 
flatly, When we are not tithing, we are robbing God. (3:8) 
If we are holding onto more than nine-tenths of what is 
alloted us, we are thieves. But when we surrender to God 
what is due, we will be "a land of delight." (3: 12) 


The Book of Malachi begins with God's declaration of 
love for his people,, in contrast to the devastation that was 
meted out to the descendants of Esau. The love Israel had 
received in the past was also to be in their future, for at 
the end of the Book of Malachi the "day that comes" will 
have in it healing and reconciliation. 

The "sun of righteousness Tthatl shall rise, with healing 
in its wings" (Mai. 4:2) is a figure found nowhere else 
Scripture, and is a strong contribution to the Messianic 
hope of the Old Testament. The warmth and power of the 
sun, the straightness and integrity of righteousness, and 
the restoration to wholeness and mobility implied in this 
winged disc enrich our understanding of the One for whom 
Israel waited, and whose return we anticipate. 

Perhaps Malachi 's most influential contribution to the 
faith of Israel in his promise of Elijah as the forerunner of 
the Messiah. (Mai. 3:1; 4:5) Every Passover meal for the 
Jews is the occasion for expecting the coming of Elijah, as 
the door is left open, a cup of wine is poured, and bread is 
left for the prophet. In the Christian tradition, the role of 
Elijah was fulfilled by John the Baptist. Malachi tells of 
Elijah's reconciling roles: "He will turn the hearts of 
fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their 
fathers." (4:6) 


1. Malachi is the last book in the "Book of the Twelve" in 
Hebrew prophecy, and with it we conclude our study of A 
Contemporary Message from the Past. Suggestions for 
ending this study may be found on pp. 74-75 (28b-29a in 


2. For those circles that continue to meet during the 
summer, this column will have lessons for July, August, 
and September on the topic, "Jesus As a Prophet." These 
studies will be based on the Gospel of Matthew, and you 
are encouraged to read the first gospel, looking for 
evidence of Jesus as being in the tradition of the prophets 
we have studied in "The Book of the Twelve." 

1984 General Assembly Honorary Life Memberships 

The following persons have 
been awarded honorary life 
memberships in the General As- 
sembly's program during 1984: 

Joyce P. McCallum, First 
Church, Williamston; Mrs. John 
R. Grimes, William and Mary 
Hart Church, Tarboro; Mavis 
Alder, Hollywood Church, Green- 
ville; Hilda Robbins Bowen, First 
Church, Washington; Dorothy 
Collie, Covenant Church, Wilson, 
Mrs. Eleanor C. Winfield, Neuse 
Forest Church, New Bern; 
Rachel Smith Edwards, Pinetops 
Church, Pinetops. 

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side Church, Myers Park Church, 
Charlotte; Martha R. Clink- 
scales, Forest Hill Church, 
Charlotte; Estelle Helms, Amity 
Church, Charlotte; Catherine 
Rea, Providence Church, 
Matthews; Elizabeth White 

Stroup, Myers Park Church, 
Charlotte; Elaine Thompson 
Drye, Sharon Church, Charlotte; 
Sarah Boone Austin, Plaza 
Church, Charlotte; Barbara 
Berryhill, Albemarle Road 
Church, Matthews. 

Anne Braswell Campbell, 
Plaza Church, Charlotte; Louise 
Orr Gurley, Indian Trail Church, 
Matthews; Betty Burris Hinson, 
Sugaw Creek Church, Charlotte; 
Kay Dorton Hough, Philadelphia 
Church, Mint Hill; Esther 
Killian, Paw Creek Church, 
Charlotte; Olivene Rozzelle 
Lathan, Cook's Memorial 
Church, Charlotte; Callie Elliott 
Love, Westminster Church, 
Charlotte; Martha G. McCall, 
Thomasboro Church, Charlotte; 
Margaret Davis McCombs, 
Caldwell Memorial Church, 
Charlotte; Alys Martin Stegall, 
Westminster Church, Charlotte. 

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Robinson Church, Charlotte; 
Helen Ashcraft Wilson, 
Philadelphia Church, Mint Hill; 
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Church, Charlotte; Virginia J. 
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Taylor Called- 

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said in an interview. "In fact, 
I've declined to- do this sort of 
thing before. I've always felt that 
I was a preaching pastor. 
"What's come is the recognition 
of a particular opportunity . ' ' 

Specifically, he said that San 
Francisco Seminary is a very 
promising seminary with major 
responsibility for a large 
geographical area: it's the only 
Presbyterian seminary west of 
Austin, Texas. 

"It has responsibility in an 
area of the church and the nation 
that's rapidly growing," Taylor 

Another reason, he added, was 
that the institution has needs, 
related to its recent history, that 
fit closely with what his wife and 
he have to give. His wife, Arline, 

has always played an important 
part in his ministry, he said. 

The seminary needs pastoral 
administration to help heal some 
difficulties in recent years, needs 
someone to build community, and 
needs someone aware that the 
task of theological education is 
primarily the preparation of 
pastors for the preaching 
ministry, he said. Those needs fit 
his, he said. 

Taylor is expected to leave 
Myers Park by mid-June. 

He is a graduate of Davidson 
College and Union Seminary in 
Virginia, and he holds a Ph.D. in 
theology from the University of 
Aberdeen in Scotland. 

He said that he intends to 
continue his membership in 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, at 
least for a time. 

Synod Meeting- 

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McQueen, in pastorates in 
Georgia, Alabama, South 
Carolina, and North Carolina. 
On an important ongoing 

Honorary — 

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Creek Church, Charlotte; 
Dorothy Hutchison, Smallwood 
Church, Charlotte; Peggy S. 
Keziah, Turner Church, Monroe; 
Mrs. Willard Reid, Siler Church, 
Matthews; Hasty Springs, 
Turner Church, Monroe; Norma 
Bowen, Christ Church, Charlotte; 
Kate Carter, Christ Church, 
Charlotte; Ruby Pope, Christ 
Church, Charlotte; Sue Forsyth 
Foust, First Church, Norwood; 
Blanche B. Garrison, Quail 
Hollow Church, Charlotte; Grace 
McConnell, Bethel Church, 
Davidson; Rebekah B. Miller, 
Quail Hollow Church, Charlotte; 
Nancy L. Reid, Quail Hollow 
Church, Charlotte. 

Charlotte Potter Stone, Sedge- 
field Church, Greensboro; Irma 
Clapp, Bethel Church, 
McLeansville; Elizabeth Cum- 
mings Scott, Starmount Church, 
Greensboro; Callie Smith, Bethel 
Church, McLeansville; Ellie 
Robertson Spencer, First 
Church, Eden; Laura Price Woll, 
First Church, Eden; Marge Lutz, 
Faith Church, Greensboro; Eloise 
Taylor, First Church, High 
Point; Shirley Bain, Ernest 
Myatt Church, Raleigh; Sarah 
Lee McCarter Cranford, First 
Church, Roanoke Rapids; Doris 
Waynick May, Westview Church, 
Burlington; Barbara .Dow 
Turner, Cary Church, Cary; 
Elizabeth Howard Clement, 
Church of the Covenant, 
Greensboro; Ruby Wright 
Stokes, Church of the Covenant, 

Lucy Ballance, First Church, 
Morehead City; Mrs. Lewis V. 
Blake, Hopewell Church, Bur- 
gaw; John Fusaro, Jr., First 
Church, Morehead City; Bitsy 
Howard, First Church, Morehead 
City; Rowena Lanier Thigpen, 
Bethel Church, Chinquapin; An- 
nie Louise Herring Ward, Mt. 
Zion Church, Rose Hill; Louise B. 
Ward, Teachey Church, Tea- 
chey; Mildred Thomas, First 
Church, Jacksonville; Caroline 
Robinson Dellinger, Black River 
Church, Ivanhoe. 

matter, the Synod Boundary 
Committee will report. It is 
negotiating with similar com- 
mittees from the Synods of the 
Virginias and the Piedmont, as 
well as presbytery committees in 
the region, on new boundaries in 
the area as a result of reunion. 
The boundary committees will 
report jointly to all three synods 
at the meeting on progress so far. 

In budget matters, Synod's 
Council will present a mission 
budget for 1986 of $1.87 million, 
about a 10 percent increase from 
1985, and a budget for the Office 
of Synod of $247,650, an increase 
of about 12 percent. The recom- 
mended per capita tax in 1986 will 
be $1.49, up from $1.27 in 1985. 

Commissioners will be asked to 
approve a new special offering in 
addition to the traditional ones, 
for the Presbyterian Homes and 
Barium Springs Home for 
Children : a seminary offering in 
September to benefit Union 
Seminary in Virginia. 

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will shape the future of the 
church because when such a 
document is adopted, it will lay 
out the basis for the new 
organization of the denomination. 
The statement coming to the As- 
sembly was formulated at a 
consultation in February by 89 
people, following a year of 
responses from all levels of the 
church to a questionnaire on 
mission. The General Assembly 
Council has approved the 
document for transmission to the 
Assembly, which can adopt it as 
is or amend it. 

The ordination of educators 
was approved by the former 
Presbyterian Church U.S. but not 
brought into the reunited church, 

since the Plan for Reunion made 
no provision for it. This year, the 
Assembly will be asked to send to 
the presbyteries for their vote a 
proposal to make educator the 
fourth ordained office, in addition 
to elder, deacon, and minister. 

This Assembly will hear the 
final report of the special com- 
mittee on evangelism. 
Reportedly, the church will 
continue preparations into 1987 
for implementing a major 
emphasis on evangelism from 
1987 to 1992. 

In another aspect of the As- 
sembly, commissioners will hear 
a top international ecumenist: 
Dr. Emilio Castro, general 
secretary of the World Council of 
Churches, who will preach at an 
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Recent Change In South Africa Galled 'Meaningless' 

Recent legislative changes in 
South Africa, such as abolishing 
the laws prohibiting mixed 
marriages, are part of a public- 
relations campaign for the South 
African government abroad and 
are meaningless in the "grand 
scheme" of apartheid, said 
several South Africans 
interviewed in Durham recently. 

They are Dr. Kay-Robert 
Volkwijn, staff associate with 
Orange Presbytery; his wife, 
Desire, a graduate student at 
N.C. Central University; their 
daughter, Lynne-Corinne, an 
undergraduate at Duke 
University; the Rev Cecil 
Mzingisi Ngcokovane, a 
Presbyterian minister in South 
Africa working on his doctorate 
at Emory University; and Rita 
Munson, a graduate student at 

All are black except Ms. 
Munson. The Volkwijns are 
naturalized U.S. citizens. 

As to ending the prohibition 
on mixed marriages, Ngcokovane 
said, "One can say from a moral 
standpoint it's morally right for 
them to have done that; but 
beyond that, with regard to the 
political, economic, and social 
significance of the South African 

case, the whole thing is 

Any sign of significant change 
will have to come in three general 
areas, he said: 

• Abolishing legislation 
controlling the residence and 
movement of blacks, thus putting 
an end immediately to zoning the 
country by race. 

• Abolishing legislation 
supposedly dealing with public 
safety and terrorism and by 
abolishing it putting an end to 
massive arrests and detention 
without charges or trials. 

• Giving full political liberty, 
including the right to vote, the 
right to run for elective office, 
and freedom of speech and 

Legislation governing mixed 
marriages falls under "social 
apartheid," which Ngcokovane 
called "petty apartheid." Under 
the "grand scheme," he said, 
whites control 95 percent of 
political power, 90 percent of 
economic power, and 87 percent 
of the land. 

Ngcokovane said it was 
important to understand that the 
government uses legislation 
carefully and systemmatically to 
get around even actions that 

Junior College Adds 
Four- Year Programs 

Montreat-Anderson College's 
trustees have voted to introduce a 
number of four-year degrees into 
the curriculum, beginning in the 
1986-87 school year. The school's 
director of public relations, Van 
Kornegay, said in an interview 
that it would still offer a full 
complement of associate degrees 
and remain a two-year school, 
and that more students would 
remain in the two-year 
programs, officials anticipated. 

The four-year programs will be 
in addition, he said, primarily 
geared toward pragmatic 
training for careers in Christian 
service. There will be a liberal- 
arts degree combining a number 
of studies in the humanities but 
also geared toward Christian 
service; there will not be 
separate majors in English or 
history, for example. 

Another four-year degree will 
be in business administration. 

The college's president, Dr. Silas 
M. Vaughn, said, "We are not 
trying to become another four- 
year, liberal arts, church-related 
college. These degrees will be 
structured to meet the needs of 
those who want to use them to 
provide some kind of Christian 
service such as the 
administration of church-related 
homes for the elderly or financial 
planning, management, and 
training for those in the missions 

Kornegay said the school was 
not making the change to 
increase enrollment and had 
been told that if that was the 
reason for the change, it would be 
a mistake. The institution is 
making the change to fill needs in 
Christian service, he said. 

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INTERVIEWED RECENTLY were (seated, left to right) Desire 
Volkwijn, the Rev. Cecil Mzingisi Ngcokovane, Dr. Kay-Robert 
Volkwijn, and (standing) Lynne-Corinne Volkwijn and Rita Munson. 

appear abroad to be some steps 
toward liberalization; for 
example, blacks can buy a 99- 
year lease on land — but not own 
the land — but can still be 
ordered off it and taken to a 
homeland under other 

"And if one doesn't understand 
that, one has not even begun to 
understand the fundamental 
structure of apartheid," he said. 

Those interviewed said 
international pressure had some 
effect; Ms. Munson said the 
country is weaker economically 
that it has been in the past, and 
apartheid and large military 

expenditures were costly. 

Ngcokovane said only about 
one percent of South Africans 
worked for American companies 
there, so divestment would not 
have a great impact. Volk- 
wijn said it had a moral 
impact and would be more 
important for what it would say 
about Americans. 

Ngcokovane added that 
American companies are there to 
make a profit, not to benefit black 
workers. South Africa provides 
cheap labor and stable 
conditions: workers are not 
allowed to strike; they are 
packed in buses and sent away 

Faculty Dean From Early Years 
At St. Andrews Dead At 83 

The dean of the faculty at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian College 
during its first decade, Dr. 
Robert F. Davidson, died in 
Gainesville, Florida, on May 9 at 
the age of 83. Davidson was 
elected dean of the faculty at St. 
Andrews in 1962 and served until 
his retirement in 1971. While at 
St. Andrews, he helped develop 
its "Chrisitanity and Culture" 

A graduate of Davidson College 
and Louisville Seminary, he 
studied at Oxford University as 
Davidson's fifth Rhodes Scholar; 
he later earned a doctorate from 
Yale Univeristy and taught in 



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30-31 Tri-Synod meeting, 
Lynchburg College, 
Lynchburg, Va. 


1 Tri-Synod meeting 
4-12 General Assembly, In- 
9-12, 12-15 N. C. Presby- 
terian Women's Confe- 
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13 Wilmington Presbytery 
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several colleges before joining 
the faculty at the University of 
Florida in 1946, becoming 
chairman of the department of 

Surviving are his second wife, 
Irmgard K. Davidson; two sons, 
Robert F. Davidson Jr. of Boston 
and Terrell C. Davidson of 
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida; 
four grandchildren; and a 
brother, Dr. Chalmers G. 
Davidson, librarian emeritus of 
Davidson College. 

and others hired to replace them if 
they do, he said. 

Catawba Unit 
Calls Director 

The board of directors of the 
Catawba Administrative Unit has 
called Dr. Joseph A. Gaston as' 
director of the Catawba Inter- 
Presbytery Program Agency, 
effective June 1. The position is 
on an interim but open basis ; the 
unit must validate it each year. 

The Catawba Unit comprises 
four presbyteries of the former 
United Presbyterian Church with 
congregations in North Carolina 
and Virginia: Catawba, Yadkin, 
Cape Fear, and Southen Virginia. 
They all are part of the Synod of 
the Piedmont. 

Gaston is currently special 
assistant to the president of 
Johnson C. Smith University; 
before assuming that job he was 
for a number of years vice- 
president for student affairs at 
Johnson C. Smith. 

He is a graduate of Johnson C. 
Smith and holds a master's 
degree from Johnson C. Smith 
Theological Seminary, as well as 
a master's from the University of 
Denver and a Ph.D from 
Michigan State University. 

Former UPC 
Official Dies 

A former pastor and regional 
official for the former United 
Presbyterian Church in North 
Carolina, Abraham H. Prince, 
died on April 10 in Columbia, S.C. 
He was 85. 

A graduate of Johnson C. Smith 
University and McCormick 
Seminary, Prince served the 
Brooklyn Church in Charlotte as 
pastor for 10 years, then worked 
as joint field representative for 
Christian Education and national 
missions and director of 
evangelism in the old synods of 
Catawba and Atlantic. 

He was stated clerk and 
moderator of several 

Surviving are his wife, Susan 
P. Prince, and two daughters. 

Four Candidates 

Continued From Page One 

New School for Social Research 
in New York. 

• The Rev. James D. O'Dell, 
pastor of Trinity Church in 
Cherry Hill, N.J. He has also 
been assistant pastor and as- 
sociate pastor of that church. 

A graduate of DePauw 
University, O'Dell served in 
military intelligence with the 
U.S. Army as an interpreter of 
Russian, then entered Princeton 

A member of the General 
Assembly Mission Council of the 
former United Presbyterian 
Church from 1977 to 1983, he 
moderated committees related to 

• The Rev. Robert L. 
Thompson, presbytery executive 
of Southwest Florida Presbytery. 
Before becoming executive of 
West Florida Presbytery of the 
former United Presbyterian 
Church in 1975, Thompson served 
churches in Ohio and Florida. 

When West Florida Presbytery 

and Westminster Presbytery of 
the former Presbyterian Church 
U.S. formed a union presbytery 
prior to reunion, Thompson 
became executive of the new 

Thompson is a graduate of 
Grove City College and Pitts- 
burgh Theological Seminary. 

• William H. Wilson, an elder at 
First Church in McAllen, Texas, 
and a petroleum geologist and 

He has been moderator of his 
presbytery and was first 
moderator of the new Synod of 
the Sun formed following 
reunion. Wilson co-authored the 
original motion to have General 
Assemblies of the United 
Presbyterian Church and the 
PCUS meet in the same city in 
alternate years. 

In his church, he has taught 
Sunday School, been a youth 
sponsor, presided over the men's 
group, moderated the board of 
deacons, and been vice- 
moderator of the session. 

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JUNE, 1985 


Protest At Embassy 
Endorsed By Wide Margin 

The Synod of North Carolina at 
its annual meeting voted to en- 
dorse a day of protest of South 
Africa's system of apartheid by 
Presbyterians from the Synod at 
the South African embassy in 
Washington. The vote on the 
issue, which had been expected to 
be controversial, was decisive, 

with only a scattering of negative 

The annual meeting was held in 
conjunction with those of the 
Synods of the Virginias and the 
Piedmont, in Lynchburg, 
Virginia, May 30-June 1. 

Synod's Ministry Group on 
Church and Society requested the 

Newly elected Synod Moderator Alfred E. Thomas presents a plaque 
to outgoing Moderator Sally L. McQueen at the tri-synod meeting in 
Lynchburg, Va. (Photo by John Minter) 

Thomas Elected; 
Todd Chosen For '86 

N.C. Woman Elected 
Piedmont Moderator 

endorsement of a day of protest. 
That committee will coordinate 
arrangements for any Presby- 
terians interested in partici- 
pating. The day of protest is ex- 
pected to be later in the summer. 

In an unexpected and related 
matter, commissioners also ap- 
proved by a close vote a resolu- 
tion calling for a national conven- 
tion of all political leaders in 
South Africa, including exiled 
and "silenced" ones, along with 
religious and business leaders to 

Continued On Page Four 

Dr. Alfred E. Thomas of 
Durham was elected moderator 
at the 172nd annual session of the 
Synod of North Carolina, meeting 
in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 
30-June 1. For the first time, the 
Synod met with other similar 
bodies, the Synods of the Pied- 
mont and the Virginias. 

The joint meeting was held 
because the three synods are 
negotiating new boundaries in the 
region. The Synod of the Pied- 
mont, formerly in the United 
Presbyterian Church, overlaps 
both other synods. Former 
United Presbyterian congrega- 
tions in North Carolina belong to 
that synod. 

Elected moderator-in-nomina- 
tion was Dr. John Y. Todd III, 
pastor of MacPherson Church in 
Fayetteville. He is expected to be 
elected moderator at next year's 

Thomas is presbytery execu- 
tive of Orange Presbytery. 
Before assuming that post in 
1983, he spent 13 years as director 
of Synod's Career and Personal 
Counseling Service. He had pre- 
viously served for 11 years as 

Continued On Page Four 

Wilma E. Powell of Catawba 
Presbytery was elected 
moderator of the Synod of the 
Piedmont on June 1 at the Tri- 
Synod meeting in Lynchburg. She 
is the first black woman elected 
moderator of the synod. 

Ms. Powell is a retired teacher 
and counselor and formerly 
served as state coordinator of 
Middle/Junior High School 

In the church, she has been 
clerk of session of Woodland 

Church; moderator of Catawba 
Presbytery, moderator of the 
Presbytery's Coordinating 
Council, and member of the 
Catawba Unit's Inter-Presbytery 
Program Agency; and synodical 

She now serves on Catawba 
Presbytery's hunger committee. 
At the recent General Assembly 
in Indianapolis, she represented 
the Synod. 

As moderator of the Synod, she 
will also be moderator of Synod's 

Week Of 
Protest Set 

The week of September 9 has 
been set for the North 
Carolina Presbyterian vigil at 
the South African embassy. 

Anyone interested should 
contact Margaret Hilpert at 
the Presbyterian Peace- 
making Center, Box 5635, 
Raleigh 27650, (919) 834-5184. 

Further details will be an- 
nounced later. 

Abortion Stand Reaffirmed, Clarified 

General Assembly reaffirmed 
the church's 1983 pro-choice posi- 
tion on abortion, but it clarified 
what it understands "pro-choice" 
to mean and emphasized alterna- 
tives to abortion. 

The reaffirmed 1983 policy 
states that "abortion is always a 

moral dilemma to be undertaken 
with great care." 

The Rev. Douglas Oldenburg of 
Charlotte said at a news confer- 
ence that "Pro-choice has come 
to mean pro-abortion and that is 
obviously not what the church en- 
dorsed" in the vote this year. 
Pastor of Convenant Church in 

Elder Wilson Defeats Three 
Ministers In lst-Ballot Win 

Wilson, the only elder among four 
candidates, was elected modera- 
tor of the General Assembly on 
the first ballot on June 5. Wilson 
is a consultant geologist and an 
elder in First Church in McAllen, 

Wilson received 339 votes, 
seven more than needed for the 
victory. The other three 
candidates, all ministers, were 
the Rev. Robert L. Thompson, 
executive presbyter of Southwest 
Florida Presbytery, who 
received 129 votes; the Rev. 
James D. O'Dell, pastor of 
Trinity Church in Cherry Hill, 
N.J., 126 votes; and the Rev. 
Harry Del Valle, executive 
director of Puerto Rico Industrial 
Mission and the first Hispanic to 
run for moderator, 69 votes. 

Wilson named Thompson vice- 

In a sermon at Second Church 

New Assembly Moderator 
William H. Wilson. (Photo by Ron 

in Indianapolis on June 9, Wilson 
said, "The absolute, bedrock 

reason for the existence of this or 
any church must be to witness to 
the Gospel, person, death, and 
resurrection of Jesus Christ." 

The future of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) should be the 

Continued On Page Twelve 

In The News 


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Charlotte, Oldenburg was 
moderator of the Assembly 
Committee on Justice and Rights 
of Persons, which developed the 
latest statement of the church's 
position in amplifying language 
concerning reaffirmation of the 
1983 position. 

The new statement goes 
beyond a pro-choice position by 
affirming that abortion should 
not be used as a method of birth 
control and by emphasizing 
viable alternatives, Oldenburg 

In moving the committee's 
recommendation and language, 
Oldenburg told the Assembly that 
the statement recognizes the 
"deep concern and pain in the 
church in this issue." The state- 
ment registered unease over an 
"abortion which seems to be 
elected only as a convenience or 
to ease embarrassment," and it 
urged church agencies to provide 
material to guide pastors and 
counselors working with those 
deciding how to deal with un- 
wanted pregnancies. 

Summarizing the 1983 state- 
ment for reporters at the news 
conference, Oldenburg said the 
document emphasized that "faith 
in God leads to profound respect 
for human life, which includes 
every stage of fetal 
development." Each decision to 
become pregnant or to terminate 
a pregnancy should involve 
"careful moral deliberation." 

Such decisions, the statement 

emphasizes, "should be made by 
Christians in light of the conve- 
nant relation God has established 
with us and our responsibility to 
be faithful stewards of God's 
creation," Oldenburg said. 

The 1983 paper further em- 
phasizes the importance of reduc- 
ing incidences of abortion and 
stresses the "mutual responsi- 
bility of men and women in the 
use of contraceptives as the 
morally appropriate way to con- 
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Mission Document To Shape 
Structure In The Next Year 

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The new seal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The symbol is 
modeled on the Celtic cross, long associated with Presbyterian history. 
The flames represent the Holy Spirit, as does the dove forming the 
upper part of the cross. Also incorporated in the new symbol are an 
open book, representing scripture; a chalice; a pulpit; and a fish. The 
symbol was designed by Malcolm Grear. 

intended to play a major role in 
shaping the structures of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
was approved by the General As- 
sembly largely as it had been 
recommended by the General As- 
sembly Council in spite of lengthy 
debate over motions to add, 
delete, or otherwise change 

The "Statement of Life and 
Mission" was adopted by a 
margin of about six to one. 

The paper is the first major 
step in the organization of 
infrastructure and staffing for 
the new denomination. The 
General Assembly Council will 
propose a structure on the 
national level, with presentation 
of the proposal scheduled for the 
1986 General Assembly. 

The paper was developed 
following a year-long series of 
consultations throughout the 
church; it was drafted at a 
conference in February where 
nearly 100 people formulated the 
initial document. The Council 
then amended and approved it. 

The statement contains four 
main parts spelling out who 
Presbyterians are, who they're 
called to be, what they're called 
to do, and how they live and work 
together. Each part contains 
detailed elaboration. 

The first part indicates 
Presbyterians are a people of 
God who live in tension between 
affirming faith and daily reality. 
Presbyterians are called to be the 
Body of Christ, a new creation, 
and a "suffering servant 
church," the second part asserts. 

In the third part, Presbyterians 
are called to be open to renewal 
by God, prepare for servanthood, 
and demonstrate the new 
creation. The final section 
specifies certain ways in which 
Presbyterians should live and 
work together, emphasizing 


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inclusiveness and partnership. 

One addition adopted by the 
Assembly was a paragraph on 
preaching, inserted into the 
section on "What We Are Called 
To Do. " The addition reads : 

"We are called to preach the 
gospel. Jesus Christ, the living 
word, meets us in the 
proclamation of the written word, 
Scripture. Preaching is God's gift 
to the church, announcing the 
good news of God's grace and 
justice, and summoning our 
response of faith and obedience." 

After adopting the document, 
commissioners later in the 
meeting agreed to change one 
phrase after members of the 
General Assembly Council said 
the original wording "hurt and 
angered" Presbyterians from 
racial and ethnic minorities. 

Assembly refused to recognize 
Presbyterians for Democracy 
and Religious Freedom as a 
special organization under 
Chapter IX of the Book of Order, 
after the Assembly committee 
considering its request for such 
status presented evidence that 
the organization was being 
promoted by an outside group. 

The group was formed to 
counter recent Presbyterian 
stances on Central America and 
the Soviet Union. 

Chapter IX groups are 
unofficial organizations outside 
the formal structure of the 
church that register with and 
report to the General Assembly. 

The moderator of the Assembly 
Committee on Confessionalism 
and Diversity, Linda Chase, said 
the committee believed the group 
did not meet the criteria for a 
Chapter IX organization. Those 
organizations, she said, are 
recognized to give a voice to 
interests arising from the 
membership of the church. 

The phrase "We have 
experienced the blessings of 
being located in a powerful, 
capitalistic democracy" was 
changed to "Some of us have 
profited from being located in a 
powerful, capitalistic 

Outgoing Council Moderator C. 
Kenneth Hall said some public 
statements during discussion of 
the document by the Assembly 
committee dealing with it were 
interpreted by some to mean that 
minorities were not true partners 
in the Presbyterian family. 
Following the initial debate on 
the document, when it was 
adopted, Hall read a statement 
expressing awareness of the pain 
and reaffirming inclusiveness in 
the church. 

Ms. Chase read from a letter on 
the stationery of the Institute for 
Religion and Democracy, a 
Washington-based group founded 
to fight what it perceived to be a 
bias against democratic and 
American values in mainline 
denominations, particularly in 
regard to U.S. foreign policy. The 
letter promoted the Presbyterian 
group and linked it to the 
Institute in several ways. 

Ms. Chase said the committee 
found the Presbyterian 
organization to be more like an 
outside political front than a 
church organization. The vote to 
deny recognition was 
overwhelming, with only a few 
scattered negative votes. 

The Assembly did recognize 
Presbyterian Renewal Ministries 
and Presbyterians for Biblical 
Sexuality, a group emphasizing 
ministry with former 
homosexuals and their families. 

The recommendation to 
recognize the latter organization 
sparked a lively debate. 

Group Opposing Church's 
Stand Denied Recognition 



Noncredit Courses Offered To 
Area Residents By Lees-McRae 

Lees-McRae College is offering 13 noncredit courses this sum- 
mer as a service to summer and year-round residents of the 
Banner Elk area. Courses being taught in June include introduc- 
tion to computers, eighth-century prophets, swimming, and 

Courses scheduled for July, August, and September include 
French culinary arts, creative writing, survival French, art, 
creative photography, golf, and "naturally yours." 

For more information, contact John Angel at (704)898-5241, 
ext. 230. 

UTS To Help Churches Observe 
Seminary Sunday In September 

The General Assembly has desigated September 15 as 
Seminary Sunday, and Union Seminary in Virginia will make 
available students and faculty to help churches with this obser- 
vance by visiting churches as guest speakers on Sept. 22 and 29. 

Anyone wishing further information on guest speakers should 
contact the Rev. Mary Jane Winter, director of alumni and 
church relations, Union Theological Seminary, 3401 Brook 
Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227. 

Minister's Death Blamed 
On Legionnaire's Disease 

The Rev. Stewart Yandle, 58, died June 9; his death was at- 
tributed to Legionnaires' Disease. He was pastor of First 
Church, Monroe, and a member of Synod's Council. 

A native of Charlotte, Yandle was a graduate of Davidson 
College and Union Seminary in Virginia and held a doctorate 
from McCormick Seminary. 

Surviving are his wife, Bobbie June Yandle; and four 
children, Susan Park, Timothy Yandle, David Yandle and Sallv 
Yandle. ' 


Evangelism Plan Approved; 
Congregational Guide Printed 

INDIANAPOLIS — The General Assembly approved a new 
plan for evangelism, "A New Age Dawning," and two related 
publications, a volume describing the plan and a guidebook for 
congregations on how to go about evangelism. 

The guidebook is designed to be self-guiding. It includes six 
two-hour exercises with prayer and Bible study. 

Youth Ministry Conference 
Will Address Sexuality 

The seventh annual continuing education event for youth 
ministry professionals will take place December 3-6 in Dallas, 

The event is entitled "Unwrapping Sexuality" and will feature 
Dr. Sol Gordon as keynote speaker. Gordon directs the Institute 
for Family Research and Education in Syracuse, N.Y. He has 
written numerous books and articles about sexuality, including 
Raising a Child Conservatively in a Sexually Permissive World. 

The meeting will also offer workshops on a variety of related 

For more information, contact Youth and Young Adults Pro- 
gram, Room 1164, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. 10115, or 
Youth Ministry Staff, Room 301, 341 Ponce de Leon Avenue, 
N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30365. 

Former N.C. Teacher Joins 
International Mission Staff 

A former North Carolina schoolteacher has been named staff 
associate for racial and ethnic involvement and mutual mission 
coordination with the Division of International Mission in Atlan- 
ta. Mrs. Vera P. Swann formerly taught in the public schools in 
both North Carolina and Hawaii. She has also served as 
associate executive of National Capital Presbytery and as direc- 
tor of the South African Refugee Program for the Robert Morton 
Institute in Washington. 

JUNE, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

Synods, Assembly Meet 


This has been a month of continuing movement, 
beginning with a meeting of the Judicial 
Commission in Greensboro and ending with the 
General Assembly in Indianapolis. 

One Sunday I preached for the anniversary 
service at Jonesboro Church in Sanford. There was 
a bagpiper, I wore the kilt, and we had a pig-pickin'. 
Worth Watts is pastor and a member of Synod's 

Regarding things Scottish, my wife and I enjoyed 
a trip to the North Carolina potteries in Moore and 
Randolph Counties with members of the St. 
Andrews Society. 

I attended a meeting in Charlotte regarding the 
proposed Davidson Home in relationship to the 
Board of Governors of the new Synod system. While 
the Davidson Home will not be a part of this 
network, we wish them well in their project. 

It was also my privilege to take part in the 
installation of the new Suffragan (Associate) 
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. 
The service at Duke University Chapel was marked 
by color and pageantry. 

We had a meeting of the Boundary Committees of 
the ten presbyteries in North Carolina, held at 
Camp Caraway near Asheboro. We are making 
haste slowly, but it may be that the results will be on 
firmer ground. 

This was followed by a meeting of Fayetteville 
Presbytery at Raeford. John Ropp, pastor, was 
elected Moderator succeeding my sister, Martha 
McLeod from Aberdeen. The hospitality was 
excellent and the meeting went extremely well. 

An especially happy item was the meeting 
of Synod's Council that extended a call to Rebecca 
Reyes to be the new campus minister at Chapel Hill. 
Phyllis Kort has been serving as interim since the 
departure of Milton Carothers and has done an 

exceptionally good job. 

Then it was away to Lynchburg, Virginia, for a 
joint meeting of the Synod of North Carolina, Synod 
of the Piedmont, and Synod of the Virginias. Dr 
Dudley Flood, the second man in the North Carolina 
Public School system, led a workshop in human 
relations, which was outstanding in every respect. 
There was an African dance troupe from Durham, 
which provided entertainment, and there were 
some stirring worship services. News of business 
transacted appears elsewhere in this paper. 

Our new Synod Mouerator is Al Thomas, 
Executive of Orange Presbytery and long-time 
Director of the Counseling Service in Laurinburg. 
He succeeded Sally McQueen. At the Synod 
meeting, the moderators of the three synods 
involved took turns with the joint sessions while 
presiding over the separate business sessions. 


The General Assembly in Indianapolis was most 
interesting, relatively free of controversy, and did a 
great deal to develop acquaintance and cement the 
relationships in the new denomination. 

Bob Milks, the editor of the Presbyterian News, 
was asked to assist in the General Assembly 
newsroom, and we were proud to hear considerable 
appreciation expressed for his help. Our former 
Synod Moderator Bill East was also in the 

Douglas Oldenburg of Covenant Church in 
Charlotte chaired one of the major committees at 
the Indianapolis Assembly and was praised and 
commended for the leadership he gave. Indeed, I 
was pleased at the overall participation of North 
Carolinians in the debate in committees and on the 

I came away feeling that we have a great Synod 
and a great Church. 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

How To Overcome 
Spiritual Deprivation 


I grew up in an isolated and insulated community. 
I knew the world included others, but since I had 
little or no contact with those who were different, 
my vision of the Community of God was quite 
parochial. As a result, I as deprived in many ways, 
but most of all I was deprived spiritually. I was 
denied the offerings of others who saw the world in 
different ways. I have concluded living a life that is 
isolated from others is a life of spiritual deprivation. 
I need others! I need: the wisdom of the old; the 
energy of the young; the tenacity of the refugee; the 
world view of the handicapped; the rainbow of red, 
white, yellow, black, and brown peoples. Without 
them I am incomplete— as incomplete as a single 
stand that hangs alone. With them I am a part of a 
fabric woven with other strands. Together we are 
strong, beautiful, lasting. It is only in this sense that 
I can begin to understand who lam: a child of God. 

There are times I do value and need to reaffirm 
separateness. But separateness does not preclude 
apartness. Separateness can be beneficial to the 
degree it reminds us of the unique gifts we have to 
offer the whole. However, all forms of uniqueness, 
e.g. race, gender, culture, nationality, are 
superficial and if idolatrized could become a swamp 
of spiritual deprivation. For example, in explaining 
my intentions to my daughter why she could not 
attend an all-male activity with me and her brother, 
I said, "Sometimes the boys just want to be with the 
boys —but not all the time!" Sometimes we want 
and need to be with our own kind— but not all the 

When life is seen and acted upon as relational, it's 
like living water: flowing powerfully, cool, clear. To 

drink from such water is to drink from the eternal. 
How do we create such a climate in the church, 
which is better at preaching community? The 
historic Tri-Synod meeting offers some solutions. 

The theme of the meeting was "Christ's 
Reconciling Power." At the meeting there was a 
focus on practicing reconciliation — rather than 
preaching it. The emphasis was upon overcoming 
racial stereotyping. In small groups, com- 
missioners openly shared personal histories of 
racial-stereotypical living and how it deprived them 
in more ways than could be expressed in words. 
More importantly, solutions were offered on how to 
build communities that are inclusive. 


It was generally felt that strategies must be 
developed to assist us in being inclusive. It was also 
the opinion of commissioners that this type of 
planning ought to come from every level in the 
church, particularly from presbyteries and synods. 
Other comments by commissioners were, "We need 
new church development which is racially inclusive 
. . . We need to expose our humanness to one another 
. . . This is the real business of the church ... We 
need to have pulpit exchanges and fellowship din- 
ners ... We need study groups, more workshops 
(like the synod) ... We all stand to gain." 

It was refreshing to experience the people of God 
doing reconciliation; however, once is not enough. 
Reconciliation is a process that has no end. We must 
continue to work, play, share meals together. It is 
through these actions community is built, and 
individual strands together become a fabric 
glorifying God through Christ who unites us as one. 

Who is 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed [ordained] you 
that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so 
that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 
This J command you, to love one another. 

John 15:16,17 

The 1985 General Assembly 

In response to a rather widely held sense of need, the General 
Assembly took the first step toward amending the Book of Order to in- 
clude the church educator among the offices of service for which the 
church provides special ordination. If the Book of Order is to be amend- 
ed to include ordained educators, the next step in the constitutional pro- 
cess will be study and action by the presbyteries. If a majority of the 
presbyteries agree, the matter will be before the 1986 General Assembly 
for final action. 
What does ordination mean? 

The fact that the action of the 1985 General Assembly sends the mat- 
ter of ordained educator back to the "grass roots," the presbyteries, for 
study and action should prompt us all to study and consider anew what 
"ordination" means. There are 10 Hebrew words in the Old Testament 
and 10 Greek words in the New Testament that are translated "ordain" 
or "appoint. "When our Lord used the word "ordain" or "appoint" in 
John 15:16, it was used to apply to all Christians, to all who were 
committed to Him. From the early covenant between God and those 
whom He chose, all the people of God are appointed (ordained) (Gen. 

The scripture makes it clear that "appointment" or "ordination" is 
for mission. Ordination is never to be thought of as giving special 
private privilege or status or power. "I will bless you ... so that you 
will be a blessing" (Gen. 12:2). "You did not choose me, but I chose you 
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit . . . (John 15:16). 
"... leadership in the church in all its forms of ministry shall be under- 
stood not in terms of power but of service, after the manner of the ser- 
vant ministry of Jesus Christ." (Book of Order G. 14.0103) 

The Presbyterian form of church government does recognize that 
some men and women, by God's providence and gracious gifts, are call- 
ed by the church to undertake particular forms of ministry and provides 
special ordination to those forms of service. TheBoofe of Order also 
makes this important reminder: that the "existence of these offices in 
no way diminishes the importance of the commitment of all members to 
the total ministry of the church." (G. 6.0102.) 

Ordination and Mission 

In the scripture the officers of the church are set apart as the mission 
of the church reveals the need for such officers. So also in the reformed 
tradition the mission of the church determines the form of the church. 
The church that John Calvin organized in Geneva had four offices, 
minister, teacher, elder, and deacon. The office of teacher was not the 
same as the present day director of Christian education. It was more 
like a seminary, college, or high-school teacher. 

John Calvin saw the offices in the New Testament church not as per- 
manent and inflexible orders but as ways in which the church deploys 
its forces in the light of its mission and its particular situation. As the 
presbyteries study the possibility of the office of "ordained educator" 
this year, they will need to think of the church's need for such an office. 

Division of Labor 

In many congregations one pastor is responsible for all the varieties 
of ministry. The recognition of the office of ordained educator will mean 
that more attention will be given to this important ministry of educa- 

Some of the larger congregations already have professional 
educators. Sometimes several smaller congregations have shared an 
educator. It has been my experience that what is known as "multistaff" 
does not mean that any one person will work less, it rather means that 
more work will be done. 

Accountability and support 

The fact is that the Presbyterian church already has a number of pro- 
fessional educators. But there is no official way, such as ordination pro- 
vides, for accountability and support of these men and women. The 
arrangements are simply with the individual and whoever employs him 
or her. 

It seems hard to believe that our church which so emphasizes 
knowledge of the scriptures and of theology has no official way to super- 
vise the preparation of, or to determine the commitment of, men and 
women who are leading the important work of education in the church. 

Reunion And Hie Kingdom 


Reunion in this geographic part 
of the church is like the Kingdom 
of God: both already and not yet, 
the Rev. Elayne Hyman Bass told 
assembled commissioners from 
the Synods of North Carolina, the 
Virginias, and the Piedmont dur- 
ing the evening worship service 
on May 30 at the tri-synod 
meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Ms. Bass preached at that wor- 
ship service, an almost two-hour 
communion service that left most 
present deeply impressed. 

Comparing this Lord's Supper 
on the verge of probable boun- 
dary and staff changes in the 
wake of reunion to the Last Sup- 
per, Ms. Bass said, "There are 
among us those who would betray 

Continued On Page Ten 



JUNE, 1985 

New Employment Plan Seeks 
Positive Spirit For Church 

byterian Church (U.S.A.) has a 
new Churchwide Equal Employ- 
ment Opportunity Plan as the 
result of action taken by the 
General Assembly. The plan 
adopted was one developed by the 
General Assembly Council. 

The plan promotes 
inclusiveness and is mandatory 
for General Assembly agencies. 
The Assembly urges synods and 
presbyteries, theological schools, 
and service organizations to use 
the plan as a model for 
developing their own plans. 

The tone in the document is 
positive, a seeking of inclusive- 
ness, rather than a negative, 
"policing" tone. A member of the 
General Assembly Council who 
worked closely with the plan told 
reporters at the Assembly that 
the document is phrased in 
constitutional language to create 
a spirit whereby synods, 
presbyteries, and institutions 
would wish to create employment 
plans based on the churchwide 

There is already a set of 
Uniform Personnel Policies 
governing Assembly agencies, so 
the intent behind the Churchwide 

The new moderator-in-nomina- 
tion for the Synod, Dr. John Y. 
Todd III. He is expected to be 
elected moderator at the 1986 
meeting. (Photo by John Minter) 


Continued From Page One 
counselor and chaplain in the 
Synod ministry at the state insti- 
tutional complex at Butner, and 
served pastorates in Kenly and 

A native of Statesville, Thomas 
is a graduate of Davidson College 
and Union Seminary in Virginia 
and holds a doctorate from the 
University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill. 

Todd is a native of Gastonia 
and a graduate of Davidson and 
Union Seminary. He previously 
served as associate pastor of 
First Church in Wilmington and 
pastor of First Church in Maxton. 

He was moderator of Synod's 
Council during 1979-81. 

Commissioners to Synod ap- 
proved a mission budget for 1986 
of $1.87 million, about a 10 per- 
cent increase from 1985, and a 
budget for the Office of Synod of 
$247,650, an increase of about 12 
percent. The office budget and 
the meeting of Synod are funded 
by the per capita tax, which will 
1 .49 in 1986, up from $1.27 in 

Plan, to a large degree, is a 
broader application of its spirit to 
the church as a whole. Council 
members indicated that the 
Uniform Personnel Policies 
respond to civil law, while the 
new Churchwide Plan constitutes 
an ecclesiastical document. 

The Council added a late 
amendment to the Plan, stating 
that "As a responsible Christian 
employer, the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) will voluntarily 
comply with civil laws and 
regulations related to equal 
employment opportunity except 
where this legislation is in clear 
opposition to denominational 

A section in the new plan on its 
implementation includes the use 
of goals, involving people from 
"identified groups" (racial and 
ethnic minorities, women, older 
people, and the disabled) in 
recruitment, and developing 
realistic position descriptions 
based on job-related 
qualifications. In addition, the 

plan calls for annual review to 
discover patterns of 
discrimination and patterns of 
increasing inclusiveness, as well 
as other steps. 

A specific design for 
implementation attached to the 
plan calls for consultations 
between governing bodies, 
dissemination of guidelines, an- 
nual evaluation, and other 

The Book of Order, adopted at 
the reunion in 1983, instructed the 
General Assembly Council to 
develop a churchwide plan for 
equal employment opportunity. 
The Council appointed a design 
team to help prepare the plan, 
which it adopted last January. 

In related matters, the 
Assembly added "marital 
status" to the "identified groups" 
in the Book of Order; the 
presbyteries will vote on that ad- 
dition this year. The Assembly 
also rejected a move to add 
"sexual orientation" to the 
"identified groups" in the 
Churchwide Plan. 

Protest Endorsed- 

Continued From Page One 

address such issues 
as the right to vote, full citizen- 
ship, freedom of movement, and 
the right to own property for 
South African blacks; a uniform 
educational system; and the 
abolition of forced relocation of 

That resolution was introduced 
during the evening session on 
May 31 after the other two synods 
asked North Carolina to consider 
it, as they were also doing. Since 
it was new business introduced 
that late in the meeting, it re- 
quired a two-thirds vote to sus- 
pend the standing rules. Commis- 
sioners approved the suspension, 
then passed the resolution by a 
61-57 margin. 

The resolution will be commun- 
icated to the President of the 
United States, the U.S. State 
Department, the South African 
embassy, and the South African 
Council of Churches. 

On the day of protest, Mary 
Holmes, moderator of Church 
and Society, said the endorse- 
ment would mean that any North 
Carolina Presbyterians who want 
to go to Washington at their own 
expense would join the peaceful 
vigil at the embassy. They would 
be identified as Presbyterians 
from the Synod of North 

"We're going because of what 
we believe about the nature of 
God and what he wants," Ms. 
Holmes said. Citing scriptural 
passages on God's demand for 
justice, she added, "Apartheid is 
the very enshrinement of in- 
justice. It is sin. 

"Is apartheid not the very 
instrument of Satan?" 

The requested endorsement 
asks North Carolina 
Presbyterians to witness to their 
faith in a God of justice, she said. 

"We're willing to die for our 
faith, but we're not willing to be 
embarrassed for it," she said. 

During debate on the issue, a 
commissioner who said he 
strongly opposed apartheid 
argued against the endorsement, 
asking, "Is this within the juris- 
diction of what we should be do- 
ing: to go as a Synod to 

demonstrate in front of an em- 
bassy with which we are in inter- 
course?" He added that he did 
not remember the Synod ever 
asking to go to the Soviet embassy 
to protest human-rights violations, 
the absorption of other countries, 
and the invasion of Afghanistan. 

Dr. Kay-Robert Volkwijn, staff 
associate with Orange Presby- 
tery and a native of South Africa, 
discussed some of the facts about 
apartheid's effects on blacks. 

"Behind these facts are human 
Continued On Page Eleven 

Stated Clerk 

The Rev. James E. Andrews 
speaks at his installation service 
at the General Assembly. He was 
elected at the 1984 General 
Assembly. His fellow interim 
stated clerk, William P. 
Thompson, whom Andrews 
defeated in the 1984 election, 
charged commissioners in the 
service. The Rev. Robert D. 
Taylor, presbytery executive in 
Piedmont Presbytery, installed 
Andrews. The Rev. Oscar 
McCloud, director of the 
Program Agency, gave the 
charge to Andrews. Freda 
Gardner, professor at Princeton 
Seminary, preached. (Photo by 
Ron Rice) 



What Being Black In 
South Africa Means 

His name was Richard Mamaregany. That's about all I knew as I 
waited for his flight to arrive from Atlanta at the Raleigh-Durham 
Airport about two months ago. He was on the second leg of his journey 
to North Carolina from his home in South Africa. I also knew that he 
was an insurance broker; that he was an elder in the Presbyterian 
Church of Southern Africa; that he had a wife and five sons; that he 
lived in Soweto; and that, oh yes, he was black. 

That last did not mean nearly as much to me then as it does now. 
Being black in South Africa is not like being black in North Carolina. It 
is not even like being black in North Carolina thirty or forty years ago. 
A hundred years ago, perhaps. Being black in South Africa, I learned, is 
to live in the constant shadow of the white minority. Being black in 
South Africa means having to carry a pass with you at all times which 
you must show to any policeman or official who asks for it under 
penalty of being put in jail. 

Being black in South Africa means being forcibly moved into one of 
the "homelands" — those euphemistically named reservations where 
the land is poor and the water scarce; where the crops do not grow and 
food is always in short supply. Being black in South Africa means trying 
to get a permit to leave the "homeland" to work in the city — but having 
to leave your wife and children behind. It means visiting them once a 
year — at your annual Christmas vacation. It means working for fifteen 
years in the same city for the same company in order to get a 
permanent pass to live in the city and bring your family to join you 

Being black in South Africa means being taught in one of the three 
tribal dialects until you are old enough to go to high school where the 
only language is English. It means working at the same job as a white 
man for only a fraction of his salary ; and it means voting, finally, but 
only for Assemblies whose every action is subject to veto by the white 

I was to learn all these things and more in the time Richard spent in 
my home and in my car during his itineration in North Carolina. Others 
learned these things, too. Our hope is that it is not too late for us and 
others like us to help make a difference in the kind of life Richard and 
his family have in Soweto. Actually, change is undoubtedly on the way. 
One of the few constants in life is the certainty of change. The choice the 
people of South Africa have is most likely limited to the way in which 
that change is going to occur. Like our ancestors in the American South 
three or four generations ago, many white South Africans do not see 
very clearly into their own future. 

Will the change be peaceful? Will the ministry among us of people like 
Richard cause us to apply pressure on our leaders who can then entreat 
business and political leaders in South Africa to face up to their own 
future? Or will the pressure build only from within that beautiful 
country, until the rage and the demand for justice can no longer be 
controlled? How many more young black men and women must be 
murdered by government troops? How many black and white men, 
women, and children will die to preserve a way of life that is doomed? I 
don't know the answers to these questions any more than I knew about 
Richard Mamaregane's existence eight weeks ago. But I do know some 
of the questions now. They are hard questions that stab at the core of 
my white, southern heart. They are questions that demand hard 
thinking, and answers that derive from what is best in all of us — the 
knowledge that in Jesus Christ we are all sisters and brothers. 

Boundary Talks Reported 


Commissioners attending the 
Tri-Synod meeting at Lynchburg, 
Va., were told that the Synods of 
North Carolina, the Virginias, 
and the Piedmont are involved in 
discussions of their future 

Earle Roberts of North 
Carolina and Hal Finlayson of the 
Virginias reported on the 
discussions for their synods. The 
discussion with Piedmont was 
reported during a separate 
business session. 

Roberts said that recent 
meetings had been for the 
purpose of "mutual sharing" and 
"getting to know each other." He 
said that a recent meeting at 
Camp Caraway near Asheboro 
had involved the representatives 
of 10 presbyteries. 

Both Roberts and Finlayson 
said that discussions so far had 
developed some basic 
information that will be 
translated later into specific 

The presbyteries and synods 
are developing their ideas for 
future submission to the General 

Assembly's Special Committee 
on Presbytery and Synod 
Boundaries. Robert E, Stroud of 
Charlottesville, Va., the 
moderator, represents the 
Virginias on the committee. Bill 
East of Winston-Salem 
represents North Carolina and 
the Rev. George M. Wilson of 
Danville, Va., represents the 

A meeting involving 
representatives of the synods will 
be held in November in 

Yadkin Elects 
New Clerk 

Yadkin Presbytery has elected 
the Rev. Grover D. Nelson stated 
clerk, effective May 1. He 
succeeds the Rev. John D. 
Peterson, longtime stated clerk 
who died in January. 

Nelson is pastor of 
Westminster Church in 
Laurinburg, where his office as 
stated clerk will be located. 

JUNE, 1985 



C.E. Committee Seeks 
Talented Church Members 

The Albemarle Presbyterian 

June, 1985 

Eighteen From Albemarle 
Attend Tri-Synod Meeting 

The ad might read: 
"WANTED: exceptionally 
talented church members willing 
to serve as consultants to other 
churches in Albemarle 

A network of consultants who 
are willing to share their 
strengths beyond their own 
congregations is being organized 
by the Leadership Development 
Subcommittee of Presbytery's 
Christian Education Committee. 

Letters are going out to each 
church, asking ministers to 
identify those members of their 
congregation who "do an 
excellent job of various aspects of 
Christian nurture," according to 
a subcommittee member. "We 
are attempting to draw upon the 
rich talents and gifts within this 
Presbytery tahelp respond to the 

Ever since George Washington 
watched the cornerstone being 
laid for the National 
Presbyterian Church in 1792, a 
special relationship has existed 
between this church and the 
President and Congress of the 
United States. As Congress 
convenes each year, the church 
hosts the annual Service of 
Intercession and Holy Com- 
munion, a service customarily 
attended by the President. 

As it is now constituted, the 
National Presbyterian Church 
and Center is a unique 
organization of the General 
Assembly. In such a setting, 

The office of Albemarle 
Presbytery has been relocated in 
downtown Greenville. 

The new location is 105 West 
Third Street, upstairs in the 
Owens Building, which is directly 
across from the Pitt 
County Court House. The 

specific needs and requests of our 

For example, one church may 
have an excellent program for 
Junior Highs, but needs ideas for 
building up its Family Fellowship 
activities. Consultants are being 
sought for all age groups and 
categories of teaching and 
fellowship, from those working 
with youth to those organizing 
senior citizens' activities. 

If you are interested in serving 
as a consultant to other churches, 
please talk with your minister, 
who has been asked to submit a 
list to Presbytery. Contacts and 
arrangements for specific 
consultancies will be made by 
Presbytery's Christian 
Education Committee. The 
program is being coordinated by 
Burney Baker of Peace Presby- 
terian Church in Greenville. 

ministers and church leaders 
gathered May 14-17 for the second 
Annual National Church Growth 

The conference theme was 
"Church Growth: Discipling All 

Five special assistants to 
President Reagan gave a two- 
hour White House briefing during 
the conference on issues con- 
cerning the church. 

The Rev. Kenneth W. Mullis of 
Pinewood Church in Goldsboro 
attended the Church Growth 
Conference and has tapes of some 
of the addresses. He also at- 
tended the White House briefing. 

telephone number (919-752-7156) 
will remain the same, as will the 
post office box number (P.O. Box 
35). The Resource Center is now 
housed at the First Presbyterian 
Church in Rocky Mount. The 
telephone number for First 
Church is 919-446-9121. 

The following elders and 
ministers represented Albemarle 
Presbytery at the meeting of the 
Synods of North Carolina, the 
Virginias, and Piedmont May 30, 
31, and June 1 at Lynchburg 
College, Lynchburg, Virginia. 

A major Centennial celebration 
spanning nine days in July is 
planned for First Presbyterian 
Church in Wilson. 

The preparations have caused 
church members to search their 
memories, their scrapbooks and 
their attics for a century's worth 
of memorabilia to be shared with 
the hundreds of celebrants 
expected to visit the church July 
20 through 28. 

Others are examining their 
visions and hopes for the future, 
as they prepare for the cele- 
bration's concluding worship 
service on July 28, which will of- 
ficially mark the church's giant 
step into its second hundred 

Members of churches 
throughout Albemarle 
Presbytery are invited to join the 
Wilson congregation for these 
events : 

♦Saturday, July 20: a drama, 
written by members of the 
congregation, which will focus on 
the highlights of 1885 through 

♦Sunday, July 21 : the morning 
worship service, which will bring 
together all three immediate 
former pastors of First Church: 
the Rev. Dr. Harold Dudley, the 
Rev. Murphy Williams, Jr., and 
the Rev. Lawrence Avent. There 
will be special performances by 
the Centennial Choir, and a 
covered dish luncheon on the 
lawn following the service. 

♦Thursday, July 25: a church- 
wide birthday party beginning 
with a children's festival, and 
offering professional 
entertainment; a light supper 
and finally, evening vespers on 
the lawn. 


Mr. Case Westerbeek, First 
Presbyterian Church, Kinston; 
Mr. Robert Pierce, Farmville 
Presbyterian Church, Farmville; 
Mr. Joe Rouse, Hollywood 
Presbyterian Church, 

♦Friday, July 26: a Centennial 
Organ Recital presented by 
organist Russell Roebuck. 

♦Sunday, July 28: the church 
looks to the future. The sermon 
will be given by the Rev. James 
McKinnon, pastor. The 
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper 
will be celebrated, and special 
music offered by the Orff Choir. 
A catered lunch will follow the 

Details on the times of each 
event are available from the 
church office, 243-3115. 

Church member Dr. Jerry 
MacLean, a professor at Atlantic 
Christian College, has written a 
history of First Presbyterian 
from which the following 
excerpts are taken : 

"The vigorous leadership of 
Rev. Patrick Flanagan, who ar- 
rived in Wilson in 1919, resulted in 
the rapid growth of both church 
and Sunday School. Wilson 
County school officials . . . 
actively encouraged the 
establishment of religious 
'extension work' classes in 
public schoolhouses throughout 
the county. The Presbyterian 
Church took an active role in 
cementing the bond between 
church and state. The first out- 
post Presbyterian Sunday 
School, which was referred to 
simply as Sun, was founded at 
Woodard's School in 1916. By 
1923, Rev. Flanagan had led the 
church in starting six additional 
out-post Sunday Schools. The 
great zeal which the members of 
the Wilson church displayed in 
organizing these Sunday Schools 
is reflected by a statement made 

Greenville; Mrs. Mary Cochran 
Peace Presbyterian Church 
Greenville; Ms. Mary Jackie 
Outer Banks Presbyteriai 
Church, Kill Devil Hills; Mrs 
Ruth Newton, First Presbyteriai 
Church, Ahoskie; Mr. Marl 
Owens, Fountain Presbyteriai 
Church, Fountain; Mr. Juliai 
Leet, First Presbyterian Church 
Edenton; Mrs. Sue Meadows 
First Presbyterian Church, Nev 

Rev. Peggy Bright, Rev 
Michelle Burcher, Rev. Willian 
Arnold, Rev. Huw Christopher 
Rev. Jerry Bron, Rev. Jame. 
Carr, Rev. David Causey, Re\ 
Robert Clark, Rev. Charle 

Rev. Claude Andrews ant 
Elder Peggy Barnes will be th< 
principal Commissioners to th« 
General Assembly. Rev. E< 
Conner and Elder Don Fergusoi 
will be the Alternate Com 
missioners. Mrs. Barnes is ;. 
member of First Presbyteriai 
Church, Greenville. Mr 
Ferguson is a member of Firs 
Presbyterian Church, Ahoskie. 

by the pastor concerning tr 
enthusiasm of one of the rulir 
elders: 'He is working for Go< 
incidently selling Kingam mea 
for a living.'" 

The church's curren 
sanctuary is located on Sunse 
Drive, where the fir-.t service 
were held on Feb. 11, 1951. Th 
Rev. James McKinnon is pastor 
and the Rev. Steven Aschmann i 
associate pastor. First Churc. 
now has 760 members, a larg 
number of whom are planning t 
again make history in Jul 
during this celebration of thei 
past, present and future. 

Peace Church 
Celebrates Its 
First Year 

Peace Presbyterian Church s 
Greenville celebrated its on 
year anniversary on June 1 
Representatives from ever 
church in the Presbytery wei 
invited to attend the specir 
worship service and the picn? 
which followed. 

In his letter of invitation to th 
churches, the Rev. Bill Gooo 
night, pastor of Peace, notec 
"Although we have beei 
organized as a church for almos 
a year, we still considei 
ourselves a mission of the entirt 
Presbytery. Consequently, wc 
are a mission of your particular 
congregation. It is out of this 
sense of joint labor that we are 
eager to include all who help 
make our very ex I our 

continued success 

The Rev. Nancy Gladden and the Rev. Phil Gladden work together 
loading U-Haul truck . 

Vickie Carr of Williamston First Church, delegate the Rev. Jerry 
Bron, and the Rev. Richard Gammon enjoy coffee break at Tri-Synod 

Wilson First Extends An 
Presbytery office Moves Invitation To Its Centennial 

To West Third Street 

Mullis Attends Conference 



JUNE, 1985 

Reflect On Experience 

The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII, Number 6 Sally McQueen, Editor June, 1985 

WOC Spiritual Life Retreat Set 

"Isn't being on furlough in the 
U.S. like a vacation time for mis- 
sionaries?" was a common 
question asked Brad and Laura 
Long this year. The Longs, on 
home assignment after four 
years in Taiwan, would reply, 
"Oh No! We're not on vacation!" 
The standard activity for mis- 
sionaries "at home" is to 
itinerate throughout the church, 
sharing work and situations of 
Christians overseas. 

During Witness Season, mis- 
sionaries often speak three to 
four times a day to any group 
which can be scheduled for them. 
The Longs have spoken at over 
one hundred points within the 
Synod of North Carolina. They 
were two of eight missionaries 
within the North Carolina Synod 
for the 1985 Witness Season. 

The unique aspect of their 
home assignment is that they had 
a special relationship with the 
Presbytery of Concord. The 
"Missionary in Residence" for a 
presbytery is a new opportunity 
for home assignment. Concord 
Presbytery arranged to provide 
the missionaries with housing 
and a "home base" at First 
Presbyterian Church in Winston- 

Rev. Brad Long 

Salem. The Longs, in turn, 
provided more in-depth 
resourcing and interpretation to 
the presbytery. "The problem is 
that a missionary will often just 
be present at a church for one 
covered dish supper, and then is 
gone. We tried to provide more 
long-term exposure than a 
presbytery normally has," says 
Brad. Working with the Witness 
Committee of Concord Presby- 
tery, the Longs are helping to set 
up a "Presbytery partnership" 
with Hsinchu Presbytery, 
Taiwan. They led a retreat for 
spiritual renwal for lay and 
clergy within the presbytery. For 
the purpose of promoting mission 
awareness, Brad and Laura 
spoke in 44 churches within 
Concord Presbytery, led a week- 
end for lay people who are 
particularly interested in world 
mission, and set up a network for 
mission support called Local 
Advocates for International 
Mission. First Presbyterian 
Church in Winston-Salem 
adopted the Longs as part-time 
staff, giving them the opportunity 
to lead retreats, preach, and 
teach within the congregation for 
nine months. 

Brad and Laura, throughout 
the presbytery and in the Synod, 
have had several purposes in 
their speaking. The first is to 
share the stories of God's 
activities in Taiwan. These 
stories involve young people who 
come to know Christ, Christians 
who seek justice and deal with 
political harassment, and even 
stories about miracles among the 
tribal people. "We want people to 
understand anew the great 
breadth and scope of God's love 
and work," says Brad Long. 

"Christian mission is the most 
exciting work there is, being part 
of God's story unfolding on the 
earth." The Longs encourage 
churches to be involved in world 
missions by keeping up with 
mission work (PCUSA has over 
700 missionaries in 85 countries), 
and supporting missions with 
prayer and money. A second 
purpose of the Longs' speaking is 
to help bridge a major problem 
within our own church. "There is 
a general sense of mistrust and 
suspicion between the local 
church and the General As- 
sembly," says Laura Long. "The 
local church often does not feel 
much connection with its church 
courts, even presbytery. Despite 
these 'isolationist' tendencies, 
our strength does lie in our very 
connectedness. The International 
Mission Program of our church is 
being quite limited now by 
people's 'wait and see' attitude 
toward reunion." Brad and 
Laura hope that their presence in 
local congregations as General 
Assembly appointed 
missionaries, has helped to 
relieve some of this tension. 

About family life, Laura says, 
"Being a missionary on home as- 
signment is a unique experience. 
We have tried to maintain a 
normal family life with our two 
children, but it hasn't been easy. 
Elizabeth, 5, and Rebecca, 2, 
have spent a lot of time with their 
grandparents and baby-sitters. 
Elizabeth is looking forward to 
returning to Taiwan, to see her 
dog and friends. All in all, it has 
been a very positive, rich year for 

Rev. Laura Long 

Brad and Laura, Elizabeth and 
Rebecca, will be returning to 
Taiwan in early August, 
following a "real" vacation in 
Montreat. During this next four- 
year term they will be continuing 
their work at the Presbyterian 
Bible College in Hsinchu, 
teaching college-age students 
and designing renewal retreats 
for Chinese Presbyterians. Their 
address is: The Presbyterian 
Bible College, P.O. Box 7, 
Hsinchu 300, Taiwan, R O C. 

The Joint Hunger Com- 
mittee has appointed a Task 
Group to provide support for 
churches participating in the 
2(-a-Meal program. Question- 
naires regarding needed help 
have been sent to pastors, 
DCEs, WOC Presidents and 
local Hunger Action Enablers. 
Named to the Task Group are 
Mary Lou Dixon, Cora 
Massey, Katherine Carr, Lou 
East, Jane and Frank Mask. 

"Called to Compassion" is the 
theme for discussion to be led by 
the Rev. Caroline Gourley at the 
annual Spiritual Life Retreat for 
women of the Presbytery. Mrs. 
Gourley is the pastor of the 
Yadkinville Presbyterian Church 
and Hunger Action Enabler for 
the Presbyteries of Yadkin and 
Concord. She is also president of 
the Board of the King's Grant 
Retirement Community 
sponsored by the First 
Presbyterian Church of 
Statesville and was active in that 
congregation until her ordination 
in 1984. 

The Retreat will be held again 
this year at Lees-McRae College 
in Banner Elk. Mrs. Camilla Dick 
is Director and some 250 women 
are expected to attend. Beginning 
on August 3 (Saturday), at three 
o'clock, and continuing through 
August 4 (Sunday) after lunch. 

Event For 
New Ministers 

The new minister's move from 
the cloistered halls of seminary 
life to the everyday walk of local 
church life involves some big 
changes. The Presbytery of 
Concord has joined eight other 
presbyteries in pioneering 
exploration of that crucial 
transition through TASTE of 
Ministry for new clergy. 

The first TASTE (Transition 
and Survival Skills Training 
Event) in 1983 included Owen and 
Julie Carriker (Owen is pastor at 
Sherrill's Ford). Caroline 
Gourley along with Jerry and 
Linda Vuncinnon and two of their 
children attended the 1984 event. 
The new ministers in our 
presbytery since last August are 
being urged by the Committee on 
Ministry to attend the 1985 
TASTE to be held at Huttson- 
ville, West Virginia, August 12-23. 

Whereas the seminary 
experience is aimed basically at 
academic excellence, TASTE'S 
leadership team focuses on 
orienting the new minister and 
family to "how churches work." 
Understanding the predictable 
"surprises" of the first 
experience helps smooth the 
transition for both minister and 

The initial concern which 
sparked the idea of TASTE came 
from research into the first 
pastorate experience done by the 
Alban Institute of Washington. 
The event is now sponsored by the 
Synods of North Carolina, Trinity 
(Pennsylvania and part of West 
Virginia) and the Virginias. John 
Handley has been a part of that 
leadership from its beginning. 

Portions of TASTE aim at 
intentional planning for married 
clergy seeking to reduce the 
impact of predictable strains on 
families in ministry. A full range 
of children's activities and child 
care are provided so as to allow 
full participation by parents. 
Separate "spouse track" 
elements aim at clarifying and 
planning for the often confusing 
roles of other family members. 

The TASTE concept is being 
presented in June to the General 
Assembly Council committee 
preparing the mission design for 
the new church. 

Rev. Caroline B. Gourley 

the Retreat will offer 
opportunities for outdoor 
activities as well as study, 
meditation and prayer. 

The Continuing Education 
Committee of the Presbytery of 
Concord has recently provided a 
unique opportunity for church 
professionals to come together 
for study and reflection. Known 
as the Society for Theological 
Inquiry, or more commonly, 
"STI," its intent is to encourage 
ministers and Directors of 
Christian Education to wrestle 
with current theological issues 
Reminiscent of the challenging, 
mindstretching discussions from 
the days of formal theological 
education, STI gives participants 
the opportunity to sharpen their 
ability to interpret the faith with 

STI meets three times a year 
and at each meeting a paper, 
written by one of the 

Those attending are asked to 
bring linens, pillows and 
blankets. A special feature of the 
event will be the rolling of 
bandages to be sent overseas 
through the White Cross program 
which supplies Presbyterian 
mission hospitals, and 
participants are reminded to 
bring or send old sheets to be torn 
for this purpose. 

Mrs. Marcella Church, 
President of the Women of the 
Church of the Presbytery, 
requests that registrations be 
mailed to presbytery's office, 
P.O. Box 129, Barium Springs, 
N.C. 28010, as soon as possible 
and not later than July 22. The 
cost is $16.00 per person, to be 
sent with the registration forms 
now in the hands of local WOC 

participants, is presented. 
Designated persons act as 
responders and open discussion 
follows. Believing that the best 
minds are already available 
within the presbytery, presenters 
are drawn from the members of 
STI itself. STI is open to all and 
interest and willingness to be an 
active participant are the only 
requirements for membership. 

At the two meetings of STI held 
in February and May, 
participants gathered to study 
and respond to the issues of 
Liberation Theology and 
Abortion. The enthusiastic 
response has confirmed the need 
and desire for a place wherein 
church professionals can 
continue theological study with 
the informing and corrective 
input of other colleagues. 

Fun And Games At 
Youth Spring Rally 

NOT ALL WAS Serious study at the Youth Spring Rally. Here the 
members of the Youth Council lead the group in some fun and games. 
Pictured are (1 to r) Allison Gordon, youth advisor; Kris Long; 
Margaret Hambrick; Leigh Sample; Alan Wright, Tithe of Life Intern; 
Mike Patterson, Moderator; and Kathy Gunter, Youth Advisor. A new 
Youth Council was elected at the Rally. Those elected were, Benton 
Langfitt, moderator; Andrew Faust, Kings Mountain; Tracy Burns, 
Waldensian; Graham Spann, Boone; and Jennifer Sherrill, Mocksville. 

'Society' Offers Forum For 
Study For Church Professionals 

JUNE, 1985 



CAMP MONROE SUMMER 85 STAFF — Left to right: Dan 
McEachran, Deborah McEachran, John Miller, Camp Monroe Site 
Manager, and Lucy Walters, lunchroom supervisor. 

CAMP MONROE Summer '85 Staff Counselors. 

McEachran New Summer 
Directors At Camp Monroe 

Deborah and Dan McEachran 
have arrived by way of Rich- 
mond as the new summer 
directors at Camp Monroe in 
Laurel Hill. As a brief personal 
introduction, Deborah and Dan 
spent a lot of time in the school 
library during the past school 

Deborah has completed her 
second year at Union Seminary in 
Richmond, Virginia, where she 
has been working on her M. Div. 
degree. Dan has been at work on 
a four year dual degree program 
that includes degrees from both 
University of Richmond Law 
School and Virginia Common- 
wealth University. 

The couple met at the College 
of William and Mary as members 
of the Presbyterian Westminster 
Fellowship. After graduation, 
they spent two years in San 
Antonio, Texas; Dan as a Social 
Studies teacher and Deborah as a 
youth director in the Tithe of Life 
program. They were married in 
July, 1983, and both claimed 
doughnuts as favorite foods ! 

Adventure Camps, 
1985, Cancelled 

The Camp Monroe Sub- 
Division of the Division of 
Education announced the 
cancellation of Adventure Camps 
for the 1985 season. The leaders 
for these camps were unable to 
fulfill that role because of other 
personal obligations. 

Due to the lack of time that is 
required for such programs to be 
developed adequately, the 

SUMMER PROGRAM . . . 1985 
Session I July 1-6; Session II 

July 8-13; Session III July 15-20; 

Session IV July 22-27; Session V 

Senior High Conference: July 


Resident Camp-$90.00. 

Senior High Conference-$120.00 

Adventure Camps were cancelled 
for the 1985 season. 

The Sub-Division regretted any 
inconvenience that might have 
occurred as a result of this 
change in programming. The 
Sub-Division also expressed the 
desire that campers who had 
registered for these camps now 
transfer their registrations to a 
regular resident camp. 

Hafer Scholarships 

All Hafer Scholarships are 
committed for the 1985 season. 

Go Forth 
To Serve 

July 6-14 at Camp Monroe 
and Atlanta, Georgia 
Purpose: . Sponsored by 
Presbytery's Youth Council for 
Senior High Youth Mission Trip 
to Atlanta to provide op- 
portunities for young people to 
engage in service ministries in an 
urban setting and to see the 
Presbyterian Church (USA) at a 
national level. Inquiries into the 
program of LIFE 6 should be 
directed to: Sam Warner, Box 
1061, Lumberton, N.C. 28359. 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Mickey dePrater, Editor 

June, 1985 


The Education Division of 
Fayetteville Presbytery is 
pleased to announce that 
Presbytery School will be held 
August 24, 1985, at Fayetteville 
Technical Institute. The event 
will feature a variety of work- 
shops led by highly qualified 
persons. The leadership for 
Presbytery School includes the 
following : 

Evangelism— The Reverend 
Ben Johnson, Associate Profes- 
sor of Evangelism at Columbia 
Theological Seminary, Atlanta. 

Sunday School Teachers of Pre- 
school Children-instructor is 
JoAnn Anderton, preschool 
teacher in Wilmington 
Presbytery with twenty-five 
years of experience. 

Sunday School Teachers of 
Elementary Children-instructor 
is Jane Skelley, Christian 
education staff person, 
Wilmington Presbytery. 

Sunday School Teachers of 
Youth-instructor is Paul 
Osborne, who led youth work- 
shops at Mo Ranch last summer. 

Sunday School Teachers of 
Adults-instructor is Sam Hobson, 
minister of First Presbyterian 
Church, Jacksonville, North 
Carolina. , 

Sunday School 
Superintendents-instructor is 
Bob Poteet, Christian Education 
staff person for Orange 

The above list of instructors 
should serve to whet your 
appetites to attend this year's 
training event. We also have 
workshops planned for choir 
directors, clerks, treasurers, 
property and insurance 
consultants, and local church 
hunger action enablers. 
Encourage your sessions to 
promote Presbytery School by of- 
fering scholarships to all 
participants— only $6 per person 
for a worthwhile investment! 

Presbytery G.A. 

General Assembly of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
met in Indianpolis, Indiana, June 
4-12, 1985. 

Commissioners to attend Gene- 
ral Assembly from Fayetteville 
Presbytery included: Leon Keith, 
Cameron; Sarah Andrews, 
Dunn; Franklin Toole, Troy; 
Robert Debnam, Laurinburg. 
Sharon McDonald, Cameron, was 
a youth delegate and W.W. 
Hatcher, Executive Presbyter, 
was present at General Assembly 
to attend the executive secretary 
portions of the Assembly. 


Receipts: (Month ended April 
30, 1985)-$99,377.59; Disburse- 
ments: (Month ended April 30, 
1985)-$79,437.72; Receipts 
January through April 30, 1985- 
$359,839.22; Disbursements 
January through April 30, 1985- 
$390, 159.54; Expenses over in- 

Fayetteville Presbyterian 
Foundation Established 

At its meeting on May 23, 1985, 
Fayetteville Presbytery 
approved the establishment of a 
Fayetteville Presbyterian 
Foundation. The specific 
Durposes for which the 
corporation is formed are for the 
promotion of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ and the furtherance of the 
Mission of the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) within the 
Presbytery of Fayetteville 
including the development and 
maintenance of a Conference 
Center for Presbytery and the 
organization and support of 
ministries of Outreach and 

The Foundation's affairs will 

Attend Synod 

Fayetteville Presbyterians 
were well represented at the 
Synod of North Carolina Annual 
Meeting. The meeting was held at 
Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, 
Virginia. The following ministers 
attended the conference : 

Richard DePriter, Sid Batts, 
Vance Baucom, Kemper Fitch, 
Emily Fox, Billy Herring, Jeff 
Smith, Wylie Smith, Julian 
Nesselrodt, Francis Womack, 
John Wall, James Biggers. W.W. 
Hatcher, Executive Presbyter 
for Fayetteville Presbytery, as 
well as John D. MacLeod, Jr., 
General Secretary of the Synod of 
North Carolina, were in at- 
tendance. Commissioners who 
represented Fayetteville 
Presbytery were also present at 

These commissioners were: 
W.G. Martin-Highland, Guy 
McCormick-First Church, 
Fairmont; Harriet Threatt, 
Peace Church, Fayetteville; Ed 
Cameron-Cameron Hill Church, 
Olivia ; James - Fulk-Culdee 
Church, Southern Pines; John 
Auten, Jr. -First Church, Rock- 
ingham; Wm D. Bunce- 
MacPherson Church, Fayette- 
ville; Robert C. McNeill-Church 
in the Pines, Laurel Hill; J. Mac 
Auman-First Church, Sanford; 
Mark Hamilton-First Church, 
Sanford, youth commissioner. 

be conducted by a nine member 
Board of Trustees. The following 
were elected by Presbytery to 
serve as the initial Board of 
Trustees: Rev. J. Richard 
Hobson; Mr. John Clark, 
Laurinburg Church; Mrs. 
Gertrude Daniels, Antioch 
Church; Mr. Wm. A. VanStory, 
III, Fayetteville First Church; 
Mrs. Myrna McKinney, Peace 
Church; Mr. Robert G. Ray, 
Highland Church; Mr. Rees 
Jenkins, Lumberton Church; 
Rev. Robert Debnam; Mrs. Mary 
M. McNeill, Brownson Memorial 
Church. The Foundation will 
enable Presbytery to receive and 
responsibly manage gifts and 
legacies for Presbyterian 
Mission into the coming century. 
Call the Presbytery Office if you 
would like additional information 
regarding the Foundation. 

Presbyterians Aid 
Victims Of 

Domestic Violence 

A letter has been received from 
Cumberland County Department 
of Social Services in regard to the 
campaign against domestic 
violence in our area. The staff 
and clients acknowledged deep 
appreciation for the generous 
contribution of $1,009 to aid 
persons who experience violence 
in their homes. The funds are 
used to continue to serve the 
needs of the clients in provision of 
printed information and other 
shelter related expenses. The 
letter concluded with the hope 
that with continued community 
support, we can all strive to 
reduce the consequences of 
family violence. 

In Loving Memory 

The Women of the Church 
recognized Gertrude Jung 
Herthel for a full life of service to 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
Lumberton. A willing supporter 
of and participant in all Women 
of the Church activities, Mrs. 
Herthel served as Treasurer of 
the Women of the Church Council 
for seventeen years. 

Calendar Of Events 

(All meetings scheduled at the Presbytery Center in Fayetteville 
unless otherwise noted. ) 


25 6:30 p.m. Division of Stewardship and Finance 

4 Office closed 

11 12 noon, Committee on Ministry 

16 2 p.m., Camp Monroe Board of Directors at Camp Monroe 
29 7 p.m., Review and Evaluation 


1 12 noon, Committee on Ministry 

5 6 p.m., Divison of Outreach 

6 2 p.m., Nominating Committee 

12 6:30 p.m. Council with Stewardship and Finance 

14 12 noon, Luncheon with retired clergy and spouses ( covered dish ) 

15 6 p.m., Division of Education 

24 PRESBYTERY SCHOOL at FTI in Fayetteville 
27 2 p.m., Division Chairs 

PNCL of Committee on Ministry 

Division of Church Development and Rede 



JUNE, 1985 

August Potpourri Event 
Offers Planning Support 

September anxiety becomes real in August for church school 
teachers, planners, educators, superintendents, and youth advisors. 
Once more, there will be an opportunity to get some practical help and 
support for the job you are about to do. 

On Sunday, August 25, plan to join several hundred Presbyterians for 
this annual learning event. It will be held at Myers Park Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 

Churches of varying sizes, with teachers who may be beginning or 
continuing, can find opportunities to learn and grow. 

There are the basic demonstration lessons for those teachers who 
want to see someone else take a lesson and teach live bodies in a 
particular age group. 

There are workshops for experienced teachers, including one 
focusing on strengthening your own faith and one which will provide an 
alternative kind of Bible study. 

There will be a course offering special help to those working with 
special people, the exceptional children in our midst. (Every church 
will want to be represented in that class. ) 

Church School administrators will have a chance to have hands-on 
help from the writer of "Focus: Looking at a Local C.E. Program." 

Youth advisors can choose two workshops from the "basics" to 
planning, sexuality, communication. 

This potpourri event includes a film preview for anyone who is 
interested in some new media AND a practical "models" course for 
confirmation class designers. 

(Demonstration Lesson) 

3's (Nursery) Mitzi Folk 

4's & 5's (Kindergarten) Kathy Borrelli 

Grades 1-2 Delores Spielman 

Grades 3-4 Eubank Taylor 

Grades 5-6 Lorelei Garrett 

Grades 7-9 Bobbie Berry 

Grades 10-12 Marcia Morton 

(Including Children's Bible Series and Uniform Lesson) 
(Demonstration Lesson) 
Kindergarten (Ages 3-5) Agnes Williams, Easley, S.C. 

Primary (Grades 1-3) Luane Blankenship, Pendleton, S.C. 

Junior ( Grades 4-6 ) Elaine Barnett 

Adult Uniform Grace Solomon 

(For Experienced Teachers, Educators, Planners) 
Church School Administration Gladys Jackson, 

Newport News, Va. 

The Exceptional Children Carol Jane Bryant 

In Our Classrooms 

Film Preview Resourcing Sub-Committee, 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 

Nurturing Your Own Faith Anne and Mac Turnage 

Transforming Bible Study Jocelyn Hill 

Confirmation Class- 
Various Models Lyn Sutterlin 

(Each Participant May Choose Two Courses) 
Beginning Junior High Advisors Jackie Birt 

Beginning Senior High Advisors Susan Moseley 

Human Sexuality : How To Plan Joan Miles 

For Sex Education In Your Church 
Communication and Leadership Skills Pierce Howard 

The Planning Process : How Youth Robert Waymack 

and Adults Plan Together 
Youth Ministry Resources Forrest Palmer 

•All leaders unless otherwise indicated are from Mecklenburg 
Presbytery/Charlotte area. 

Former Queens Chaplain Accepts 
Call As Myers Park Associate 

Jennifer Burns, chaplain to 
Queens College, Charlotte, since 
the fall of 1983, has accepted a 
call as associate minister at 
Myers Park Church beginning 
June 15. 

While at Queens, she taught 
religion and philosophy, 
Christian ethics, Old and New 
Testament, and a course on 
Women in Spirituality. She was 
also a member of the faculty 
team that teaches humanities. 

She was actively engaged in 
involving the whole campus in 
witness and outreach ministries, 
and she served as advisor to 
several student groups. 

Also, she has been a supply 
for Mecklenburg Presbytery. 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor 

June, 1985 

Evangelism, Mission Statement 
Reports Highlight May Meeting 

The 54th stated meeting of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery was 
held May 27 and 28 at Queens 
College, Charlotte. 

The report of the Evangelism 
Task Fork highlighted Monday 
evening's meeting, and Tuesday 
saw reports from various com- 
mittees of Presbytery following 
the morning worship. 

The report of the Evangelism 
Task Force was presented by 
Charles Kirkpatrick, 
chairperson. Dr. Douglas Hix 
spoke on the special emphasis on 
evangelism for 1985-87, and noted 
that evangelism is a high priority 
of our reunited denomination. 

Other business on Monday 

included a report from the Out- 
door Christian Ministries Com- 
mittee urging prayer for and 
support of the 1985 Summer 
Program at Camp Grier. 

Also, the Institutional Minis- 
tries Committee gave a video 
presentation on the work of the 
Presbyterian Family Life 

Presbytery reconvened at 9:00 
a.m. on Tuesday with opening 
worship conducted by J. 
Randolph Taylor. Retiring 
Moderator Neil M. McMillan 
preached the sermon and offered 
a memorial to J.S. Garner. 
Robert J. James, stated clerk, 
offered a prayer of thanksgiving 

Harriet, Roger Durham Are 
New Co-Pastors At Stephenson 

Roger and Harriet Durham 

The congregation of 
Stephenson Church has called 
Harriet H. and Roger L. Durham 
to share one position as co- 
pastors, effective June 16. 

Harriet is a graduate of 
Peabody College at Vanderbilt 
University, and Roger is a 
graduate of Wake Forest 
University. Both of them are 
May, 1985, graduates of Union 
Theological Seminary in 
Richmond, Va. 

During their seminary 
experience, they served as 
student interns in Bethel 
Presbytery, at Oakland Avenue 
Church in Rock Hill, S.C. 

Charlotte's First Church Calls 
Jane F. Brawley As Associate 

The congregation of First 
Church, Charlotte, has called 
Jane Flowe Brawley as Associate 
Pastor for pastoral care. 

She received her Th.M. degree 
in applied theology from Harvard 
Divinity School in June, 1985. She 
also has a D. Min. degree from 
Union Theological Seminary, and 
a B.A. degree from Agnes Scott 

She served for three years as 
assistant pastor of the First 
United Presbyterian Church of 
Troy, N.Y., and has also served 
as a chaplain at the Medical 
College of Virginia in Richmond. 

Jane F. Brawley 

Jennifer Burns 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


2 4:00p.m.— Planning 
9 12 Noon— Loaves & Fishes 
11 7:30 p.m.— Women's Concerns 

16 3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

17 7 : 30 p.m.— Compensation Committee 


6 4 : 00 p.m.— Planning 

7 10:00a.m— WOC Council 

9 7:30 p.m.— Women's Concerns 

for the life of Mr. Garner. 

Lamar Thomas, elder of 
Hickory Grove Church, was 
elected Moderator of the 

The following persons were 
received by Presbytery: Harriet 
H. and Roger Durham for 
ordination and installation as co- 
pastors of Stephenson Church, 
and Jane F. Brawley, associate 
pastor of First Church, Charlotte. 
The call of Jennifer Burns to 
serve as associate pastor of 
Myers Park Church was 

Two candidates were received 
under care by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery at its May meeting. 

Richard Ernest Burnett, 
Williams Memorial Church, is an 
upcoming student at Princeton 
Theological Seminary. 

Robert Palmer Trice, II, 
Forest Hill Church, is a student at 
Fuller Theological Seminary. 

The report of the Committee of 
Counsel, chaired by E. Lee 
Stoffel, was heard. The com- 
mittee reported its efforts toward 
achieving reconciliation between 
Mecklenburg Presbytery and 
Trinity Church, and moved 
approval of a statement 
previously adopted by the Trinity 
Session. Adoption of the 
statement by Presbytery results 
in the withdrawal of the 
complaint against Presbytery by 
the Trinity Session, and the Com- 
mittee of Counsel was 

Reports were received from 
the various committees of the 
Division of the Mission of 
Presbytery, and from the Peace- 
making Task Force. 

E. Lee Stoffel, chairman, gave 
the report of Presbytery's 
Council, which included a recom- 
mendation to form a Mission 
Statement Task Force. Ministers 
and Sessions are urged to 
participate in consultations with 
the Task Force. Presbytery 
authorized the employment of a 
consultant in this effort. 

Julius W. Melton reported for 
the Committee on Ministry, 
noting the terms of call for new 
ministers entering Presbytery. 

The following persons were ap- 
pointed to the Task Force on 
Evangelism: Charles 
Kirkpatrick (chairperson), Alice 
A. Johnson, Debbie M. Kemp, 
and Gary H. Aven, ministers; 
Don Monteith (Cook's 
Memorial), Brice Gettys 
(Monroe First), Song Kim 
(Myers Park), Betty Mayes 
(Ramah), and Mike Bender 
(Covenant), laypersons. 

The following persons were 
named to Presbytery's 
Cooperative Committee on 
Examinations for Candidates as 
Readers: Mac Turnage, one 
year, and Fred Holder, three 

Alexander J. McKelway was 
elected Moderator-in-Nomination 
for the next meeting of Presby- 
tery, which will be held at Central 
Steele Creek Church on 
September 24. 

JUNE, 1985 



Raleigh Educator Martha 
Stevenson Honored 

Ms. Martha Stevenson, Direc- 
tor of Christian Education at 
White Memorial Church, Raleigh 
was awarded the prestigious 
Margaret Bowen Award for 
Distinguished Service to 
Christian Education during the 
meeting of the Synod of N.C. on 
May 31st in Lynchburg, VA. The 
award honors the late educator 
and teacher who served on the 
faculty of Flora Macdonald 
College and later, St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College. Former 
recipients attest to the caliber of 
persons previously honored, 
including such notables as 
William B. Kennedy, Sara Little, 
Mary Jean McFayden, 
Josephine Newbury, John 
Westerhoff III, Estelle 
McCarthy, Ellis Nelson, Charles 
Kraemer and Heath Rada . 

In reflecting upon her 
recognition, Ms. Stevenson 
observed that to her knowledge, 
"it has not previously gone to an 
educator serving a local 
congregation ... on the 'front 

line.' " 

Ms. Lee Tubbs, secretary to the 
educator, remarked that "Martha 
excells in resourcing her 
teachers to the extent and in a 
manner rarely seen." One of White 
Memorial's teachers com- 
mented, "I went into teaching 
with fear and trembling, but with 
Martha in my corner, I found out 
I could make it!" This support is 
manifested through regular 
conferences, follow-up calls and 
conversations with teachers, and 
through attention to details so 
that while expectations and 
standards are high, there is 
clarity about what is to be done, 
criteria, and where to find 
resources and support. 

Ms. Stevenson sees herself as 
one among her peers, is com- 
mitted personally to the cause of 
quality education within the 
church, and is concerned that 
educators be recognized for their 
important and valuable contri- 
bution within the life of the 
church. She commented, "I am 
quite aware that when one person 
steps forward for recognition, it 
is an implicit recognition of the 
contributions of scores of others 
who serve in similar ways ... I 
would like, therefore, to consider 
this year's award as a 'class 
action' award, to be shared with 
my colleagues who serve as 
directors of Christian education 
in congregations throughout the 
Presbyterian Church, USA." 

In reflecting upon her 
"satisfactions" in ministry, once 
again this sense of calling sur- 
faces "to equip the church to be 
the church." She said, "I 
am delighted when I can see 
someone take responsibility for 
an area of ministry, grow in com- 
mitment and the ability to serve 
effectively and see that they can 
make a contribution to the lives 
of others. I am happiest working 
in a collegial relationship where I 
can see lay persons being 
equipped to do the work of the 

Another characteristic 
dimension of Martha Stevenson's 
life and sense of ministry is 
brought into focus through her 
reflection on another satisfying 
area — "those times when 
educational ministries have been 
vehicles of mission to the needs 
and hurts of the world— youth 
work camps with migrants, with 
Kentucky coal mining com- 
munities, a bi-racial young adult 

group that worked for public 
education, a fellowship group 
organized to tutor in the inner 
city, and a congregational day- 
camp that included an equal 
number of disadvantaged 
children." She continues to be 
very much involved with various 
peace and justice issues today. 

In responding to what she sees 
as most "pressing issues or 
challenges" facing the church 
and its educational ministry 
today, the educator listed three. 

The Challenge of Leadership: 
"Educational ministry has been 
a lay ministry. With changing life 
styles and different patterns of 
work and leisure, we are 
challenged to find more creative 
ways to enlist, equip and use 
volunteers in church education. 

"We also need to hold up 
educational ministry as a 
vocational choice for persons 
with gifts for it. The church was 
doing a better job of that in the 
years when other church profes- 
sions requiring ordination were 
not open to women. Young people 
need to know that church 
education is a career option." 

Strategies: "Television, 
working parents, weekend trips, 
and a thousand community 
activities mean that the time for 
teaching in the home and in the 
congregation is greatly 
diminished from past decades. 
We can no longer assume that 
families read Bible stories or 
have any intentional teaching of 
the faith at home. Neither can we 
count on consistent attendance at 
even one hour a week of church 
school. Somehow we have to find 
new ways and new settings to 
teach our heritage ... I suspect it 
depends heavily on parent 
education and emphasis on adult 
learning. The future of church 
education requires us to revise its 
image from one for children and 
youth and put new effort into 
equipping a theologically literate 
adult membership." 

Diverse Settings: "So many of 
our congregations are homogen- 
eous social-economic groupings 
that I feel strongly that Christian 
education must include many 
settings other than classrooms. 
Persons of all ages need to 
experience being part of the 
family of God which is very 
different from us. We need to 
work hard at utilizing settings — 
conferences, work trips, mission 
projects, visits, service and 
multi-ethnic opportunities that 
increase our awareness of the 
struggles, differences and needs 
of the world and our call to serve 
that world." 

Martha not only is active within 
the total life of White Memorial 
Church but serves widely in the 
larger church. Within the last 
year, she has chaired two search 
committees — one for the 
position of Staff Associate for 
Christian Education for the 
Presbytery and most recently, 
the search committee for the 
position of Director, Mountain 
Retreat Association, Montreat. 
She is actively engaged in 
advocating for the establishment 
of the fourth ordained office in 
the church, that of Ordained Edu- 

Certainly, it is evident that the 
award committee of St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College made a 
wise choice. We rejoice in this 
decision with them. The Synod, 
White Memorial, and all of 
Martha's friends and colleagues 
in ministry say, "Con- 
gratulations, Martha ! " 

The Orange Presbyterian 

Bob Poteet, Editor 

June, 1985 

Orange Aid 
The Vision Of A Presbytery 

Camp New Hope and Conference Center Presbyterian Point 
Presbyterian Homes - High Point 

White Gate Home 

What do an Orange Aide drink and the Orange 
Presbytery Campaign have in common? They offer 
something for all ages. Just as the young and old 
enjoy the cool, refreshing taste of Orange Aide, the 
campaign needs offer a wide range of "tastes" for 
all age groups. The needs have been categorized 
from the "cradle to the rocking chair" with youth 
camps on one end of the spectrum and retirement 
homes on the other. 

This broad range of interest has generated a 
great deal of excitement and enthusiasm across 
the Presbytery as evidenced by innovative 
campaigns held in First Church, Burlington; in 
Raleigh, at Hudson Memorial and Milner 
Memorial; Sedgefield; Smithfield; and University, 
Chapel Hill. If individual churches have not yet 
begun their own campaigns, the churches 
mentioned above will be glad to share their 

Church Development 

MCCCW After Care 
respective approaches. 

The Orange Presbytery campaign seeks to raise 
a total of $5.9 million. The campaign seeks to raise 
the following dollar amounts for the various 
needs : 

•Church Development $1,600,000 
•Presbyterian Home in High Point $1,200,000 
•White Gate Retirement Home $1 ,200,000 

in Raleigh 

•Conference Center $886,000 
•Camp New Hope and $764,000 

Presbyterian Point 
•NCCCW After-Care Facility $75,000 

You may not be fond of the Orange Aide drink, 
but surely several of the above areas of need have 
special meaning for you. What a marvelous 
opportunity to support our Presbytery ministries 
by giving generously to the Presbvterv campaign. 

First Presbyterian Church Sept. 21, 1985 
Burlington 9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 

The complete brochure for this first annual leadership 
training event for persons serving in leadership positions in the 
total life of the church is now available through your church 
office listing all of the courses, times for the classes, and leader- 
ship. Ask your pastor for a copy (they were distributed at the 
April 23rd meeting of Presbytery 1. Extras are available at the 
presbytery office. Note: Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., 
opening worship and orientation at 9:00 and classes begin at 

Each month appearing in this column will be the listing of an 
additional group of classes being offered. You will note, there's 
something for everyone! 

Adult Ministry 

• Christian Approach to Aging-Douglas Barrick 

• Developing Styles of Teaching Adults-Jocelyn Hill 

• Ministering to the Single Adult-Mary Jean McFadyen 

• Successful Singles' Ministry-Mary Jean McFadyen 

• Tailoring Curriculum for Adults-Jocelyn Hill 

Marriage and Family 

• Challenges to the Family-Mac and Anne Turnage 

• Church Recreation: Time Filler or Re-Creation?-George 

• Ministry for Marriages-Mac and Anne Turnage 

Kort Ends 

3- Year Interim 

Phyllis Kort, Moderator of 
Presbytery's Council and 
currently Interim Presbyterian 
Campus Minister at UNC-Chapel 
Hill, was awarded a plaque at the 
recent Tri-Synod meeting in 
Lynchburg, Va. expressing 
appreciation for her three years' 
ministry with students. Her 
interim ends June 30. 

Phyllis was asked what stands 
out for her as she reflects back on 
these three years. She said, "the 
ministry with students, both 
individually and as groups . 
whether as one-on-one, in study 
groups, fellowship times or on 
retreats." The campus minister 
observed that as an interim 
person, "so much is 
maintenance . . . keeping it 
together" for the person called to 
fill the position in a permanent 

She and her husband, Dr. 
Wesley A. Kort, Professor of 
Religion at Duke, plan to spend 
six months studying and touring 
in Europe, beginning in January. 

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JUNE, 1985 

Lesson Ten: July— Jesus as a Prophet: What He Did— 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

"In many and various ways God spoke of old to our 
fathers by the prophets." This is the way the New 
Testament Letter to the Hebrews begins. We have been 
studying the words of some of these Old Testament 
prophets— twelve of them— in our Circle Bible study for 
1984-1985. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews goes on 
to add: "But in these last days he has spoken to us by a 
son." That son is our Lord Jesus Christ, and for three 
months we are going to look at how the Gospel of Matthew 
shows us Jesus in the true succession of the prophets, 
through what he did, what he said, and who he was. 

From the very beginning of his story, Matthew shows 
Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy. See Matthew 1:22; 
2:5, 14-15, 17-18. The gospel writer was using a kind of 
biblical interpretation known as "typology," in which an 
historical event is shown to be a "type," having additional 
meaning at a later time. 


In our study of the prophets we noted the variety of ways 
in which they heard God calling them to their vocation of 
prophesying. All four gospels record the experience of the 
voice of God at Jesus' baptism as marking the beginning 
of his ministry. Read Matthew 3:13-17, and compare Mark 
1:11 and Luke 3:23. For Matthew, God's voice was an 
announcement for everyone to hear: "This is my beloved 
Son." Mark and Luke emphasize the experience as an 
inner one in which Jesus hears God speaking directly to 
him: "Thou art my beloved Son." The important thing, 
with Jesus and with the prophets, is that it is God who 
takes the initiative in the call. Whether the call comes in 
the circumstances of life, as it did with Hosea, or in the 
observation of some natural phenomenon, as with Joel, or 
through the inner awareness of God's speaking directly, 
as with Jesus, the vital and steadying fact for them— and 
for us— is that God takes the first step; then we respond. 


Jesus knew that God called him to proclaim the Kingdon 
of God, and he knew from the prophetic tradition what 
that rule involved. The question was, How should he fulfill 
his calling as the Son of God? What was he to do? Matthew 
summarizes for us the struggle Jesus went through for 
forty days in the wilderness, trying to decide how to 
answer this question. Read Matthew 4: 1-11. 

First, Jesus was tempted to choose the route of 
ministering to people in their need for food. He could turn 
the many, many stones in Palestine into bread and feed 
many, many hungry people. This would have been a 
worthy task, but Jesus finally saw it as a temptation from 
Satan to take a short-cut. He recalled from Scripture, 
"Man shall not live by bread alone." (Deut. 8:3) It was 

not, "Man shall not live by bread at all," but, the need for 
bread is not humankind's deepest hunger. 

Then, Jesus could go about his ministry by doing 
spectacular things, attracting attention to his having the 
power of God. Again, this would be impressive, but it 
would not gain genuine followers or an honest devotion to 
God. True, Jesus did do miracles, but he did them quietly, 
in answer to human needs that appeared in particular 
situations. He realized it was a temptation of Satan to 
focus on miracle-working. 

Finally, he was tempted to go about his work as God's 
Son by the political route : he could ingratiate himself with 
the religious authorities in Jerusalem, being willing to 
compromise with them in order to gain authority. Again, 
Jesus saw this as an abandoning of his integrity, and 
therefore a temptation of Satan. 

After turning down these alternatives, Jesus, like the 
prophets, chose the slower route of teaching, preaching, 
and healing. Keep in mind that Jesus had the power to 
follow these other methods, but he chose not to take 
advantage of that power. 

The plan Jesus followed was patterned after the 
prophets, and like the prophets he was rejected by his own 
people. Read Matthew 13:54-58. Luke enlarges on this 
experience of Jesus' repudiation in his home town by 
quoting the passage from Isaiah which Jesus read. (See 
Luke 4:16-30.) As Jesus applies the words of Isaiah 61 to 
himself, his program sounds very much like that of the 
prophets we have studied. Those on the margins of 
society: the poor, the captives, the blind, the oppressed: 
these are the ones to whom Jesus is called to minister. 
And, like Elijah and Elisha whose deeds he mentions, he 
heard God summoning him to a minstry that extended 
beyond the borders of Israel. 


While the prophets and Jesus were considered 
"radicals" in their day (it was the respected "church" 
community that drove both Amos and Jesus out of town), 
it was the prophetic spirit they embodied that was 
expressing God's fundamental truth. Matthew makes 
clear more than once that the actions of Jesus were not 
against all that the Jews held dear, but that he came to 
fulfill the promises of the faith. In Matthew 5:17 Jesus 
assures his hearers that what he does is in fulfillment, not 
abolishment, of the law and prophets. In Matthew 7:12 he 
equates the law and the prophets with that maxim we hold 
in common with many other religions, the Golden Rule; 
and in 22:40 he affirms the roots of the law and prophets as 
being the two great commandments to love God and 


When John the Baptist's disciples asked Jesus, "Are 
you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" he 
referred them to his deeds: "Go and tell John what you 
hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame 
walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead 
are raised up and the poor have good news preached to 
them." (Matt. 11:3-5) This was the only answer John got, 
but Jesus trusted his imprisoned cousin to understand. 
Jesus accepted John the Baptist as Elijah whose second 
coming had been predicted by Malachi. (Mai. 3:1; 4:5) 
Jesus called John "more than a prophet" (Matt. 11:9) ; 
and then he recognized that the Incarnation had brought a 
different dimension into human life as he proclaimed 
"He who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than 
he." (Matt. 11:11) 

Like the prophets, Jesus called for action in vivid ways. 
Micah had described the Judean oppression of the poor as 
cannibalism (Micah 3:2) and Jesus said, "If your right 
eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away ... if 
your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it 
away." (Matt. 5:29, 30) Fear that these verses might be 
taken literally caused the bishops of 14th-century England 
to object to the Bible's being translated into English. But 
these verses are good illustrations of the fact that to take 
the Bible literally is not always to take it seriously, and 
that is what is important. The injunctions about the eye and 
the hand come in a section on adultery, so what is Jesus 
saying? Not, giving up eye or hand will eliminate 
adultery, but, if you are in a situation in which there is 
temptation, do something radical: Move out of town! Give 
up that job! Do whatever it takes to get you out of that 

Matthew shows the resurrected Christ giving his last 
command before the ascension, summarizing the 
program he followed in his ministry: "Go . . . and make 
disciples. . . baptizing them . . . teaching them to observe 
[meaning hold firmly] all that I have commanded you." 
(Matthew 28:18-20) In the line of the true prophets, Jesus 
asks not for mere lip-service but for action. Here he is in 
the direct line of Micah's prescription of what God wants: 
to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your 
God. (Micah 6:8) 


1. There are more Scripture references given than your 
circle will have time to consider, so choose the ones you 
think will evoke the most helpful discussion. 

2. Two questions (and answers!) from the Shorter 
Catechism are relevant for our summer study: No. 23 and 
No. 24. 

Improving Human Relations: Keep Working At It 


The highlight of the Tri-Synod 
meeting at Lynchburg, Va., was 
a three-hour presentation on 
improving human relations led 
by Dr. Dudley Flood of Raleigh. 

"You don't ever have a set of 
relationships so firm that you 
don't have to keep working on 
them," he said. 

"There are no easy relation- 
ships," said Flood, associate 
superintendent of public 
instruction in North Carolina. He 
spent most of the first hour 

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pointing out to the 
representatives from the three 
synods how people themselves 
often erect barriers "to good 
human relations." 

Flood said that the theory of 
some people in dealing with other 
people is that "difference means 
deficiency" or "if you are not like 
us, something is wrong." Such an 
attitude, Flood said, becomes "a 
barrier to good relationships." 
He said race generates the most 
intense feeling about relation- 

In the background of Flood's 
presentation was the reunion of 
the church, which is bringing 
together many races, people 

another would help work out 

•Keep reminding ourselves 
that diversity enriches us. 

•Use different ways to get to 
know each other. 

•Focus on the good in people, 
not the bad. 

•Emphasize our theology of 

•Listen to what people are 

•Establish integrated 


•Determine what your 
prejudices are and then attempt 
to educate to get rid of them. 

•Make conscious efforts not to 
deal with people based on the 
stereotypes that we may have 
had of them in the past. 

•Decline to participate in 
stereotyping people in the future. 

•And finally "live love in our 

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Dr. Dudley Flood leads a ses- 
sion on human relations at the tri- 
synod meeting. (Photo by John 

from all parts of the country, and 
people with varied interests. 

Flood, a black, said "what race 
you are a member of is trivia 
compared to important things in 

The members of the three 
synods were then divided into 
discussion groups and each group 
was asked to come up with some 
ideas on how to improve 

Some ideas offered : 

•Having experiences with one 

Continued From Page Three 

the cause." Pocketbook, power, 
and prestige will play a bigger 
role for some than justice, she 
said, and others will remain 
wary, untrusting, unforgiving, 
not believing God can truly 
change hearts. 

Others who see themselves as 
helpless and vulnerable will also 
betray the cause, she said, and 
some who are weary of working 
for it will fall asleep. The commu- 
nion evident at the tri-synod 
level will break down. 

"The Christ who seeks to bring 
us to closer union with him will 
once again be tested; will go 
again into Gethsemane without 
us present. Hard work will be too 

much for some of us. 

"We are a body of betrayers, 
deniers, deceivers more often 
than we are a body of believers. 
Some will prefer to hold onto pat- 
terns, afraid to risk, reluctant to 

"Yet, does the Lord Jesus 
Christ find it acceptable to invite 
us to sit at his table." 

God is still able to turn the 
tables on history, she said. 

"We are forgiven." 

The worship services 
were well planned and executed 
and for the most part well receiv- 
ed. Liturgist Vin Harwell had 
written lyrics set to familiar 
tunes especially for this meeting. 

JUNE, 1985 



Ministerial Changes 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

Francis O. Alston has been 
received by Albemarle Presby- 
tery from Fayetteville Presby- 
tery to accept the call as pastor of 
William and Mary Hart Church in 
Tarboro and Nahalah Church in 
Scotland Neck. He was pastor of 
First Church, Fairmont. 

Charles P. Kestner has gone on 
duty as chaplain with the U.S. 
Navy Reserve. A member of 
Fayetteville Presbytery, he was 
pastor of Vaughn Memorial 
Church in Fayetteville. 

Low Gap Church in Jefferson 
was dissolved by Concord 
Presbytery on April 16. 

Bethel-Millers Church in Wilbar 
was dissolved by Concord 
Presbytery on April 16. 

Albert F. Masters III has been 
dismissed by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to Bethel Presbytery. 
He was without charge. 

H. Daniel Lewis has been 
received by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery from Northern New 
England Presbytery to accept the 
call as pastor of St. Andrews 
Church in Charlotte. 

William T. DuBose has been 
dismissed by Fayetteville 
Presbytery to Pee Dee Presby- 
tery. He was pastor of First 
Church, Rockingham. 

Robert F. Murphy has been 
dismissed by Fayetteville 
Presbytery to John Knox Presby- 
tery. He was pastor of Midway 
Church, Maxton. 

John E. Ellington was 

incorrectly listed as honorably 
retired in a previous issue. A 
member of Asheville Presbytery, 
he is an overseas missionary ser- 
ving as a Bible translations 
consultant for the American Bi- 
ble Society. 

Henry E. Hansen has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Norfolk Presbytery. He is 
honorably retired. 

H. Max Mitchell has been re- 
ceived by Asheville Presbytery 
from North Alabama Presbytery 
to accept the call as pastor of 
Mills River Church in Horse 
Shoe. • 

Billy Frank Woods has been 
honorably retired by Asheville 
Presbytery. He was stated supply 
of Morrison Church in Franklin. 
He is now living in Georgia. 

John G. Cook has been received 
by Asheville Presbytery from 
Athens Presbytery to accept calls 
as pastor of Beech Church and 
Reems Creek Church, both in 

Ronald A. Botsford has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Charleston Presbytery to 
accept the call as pastor of First 
Church, Highlands. 

Robert G. Grigsby has been 
dismissed by Wilmington Presby- 
tery to Hols ton Presbytery. He 
was executive presbyter. 

James A. Jones III has been 
honorably retired by Orange 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
First Church, Henderson. 

Laurey H. Murphy has been 
dismissed by Fayetteville 
Presbytery to John Knox 
Presbytery. She was an interim 
supply pastor. 

Billy L. Parker has accepted a 
call as pastor of Grove Church in 
Dunn. A member of Fayetteville 
Presbytery, he was pastor of 
Ebenezer Church in Benson and 
stated supply of Plainview 
Church in Angier. 

Harriet H. Durham will be or- 
dained on June 23 by Mecklen- 

burg Presbytery and installed as 
co-pastor of Stephenson Church 
in Monroe. 

Roger L. Durham will be or- 
dained on June 23 by Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery and installed as 
co-pastor of Stephenson Church 
in Monroe. 

Nancy Lincoln has been 
dismissed by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to Fincastle Presby- 
tery. She was counselor at the 

Presbyterian Family Life Center 
in Charlotte. 

Jane F. Brawley has been 
received by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery from Albany Presby- 
tery to accept a call as associate 
pastor of First Church, Charlotte. 

Richard B. Vines has been re- 
ceived by Orange Presbytery 
from Fincastle Presbytery to ac- 
cept the call as associate pastor 
of White Memorial Church in 

Abortion Stand Clarified- 

Continued From Page One 

trol fertility and to plan 
families," he said. 

The document emphasizes sex- 
ual responsibility and fidelity and 
the importance of programs in 
sexual education in both church 
and the society. Above all, Olden- 
burg said, the 1983 statement 
underlines the need for people to 
consider thoroughly the alterna- 
tives to abortion in problem preg- 

The statement calls the church 
"to a supportive and loving con- 
text for such decisions and to help 
insure that acceptable alterna- 
tives are available to women 
struggling with an unwanted 
pregnancy." he said. 

At the same time, Oldenburg 
told reporters that the "oppor- 
tunity to choose among com- 
peting values in the extremely 
complex and personal situations 
persons often face must not be 
abrogated by law or abridged by 
the denial of government support 
to those who require medical 
care." He said support for a 
legally protected right of choice 

is consistent with previous 
church statements and recog- 
nizes "the moral ambiguities and 
dilemmas in personal decision- 

In answer to questions, Olden- 
burg said he saw no growing dis- 
sent among members of the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
regarding this policy. His 

60-member committee, randomly 
named from 676 commissioners, 
voted 50-7 for the statement. 

A motion on the floor to order a 
new study was defeated. 

Representatives of the Presby- 
terian Pro-life group at the news 
conference opposed the state- 

Embassy Protest- 

Continued From Page Four 
beings, and I am one of them," he 
said. He then related some per- 
sonal encounters with the system 
of his family. 

Commissioner Larry Stell of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery offered 
an amendment adding the words, 
"that as part of its concern for 
those who are victims of human- 
rights violations," the Synod en- 
dorses the protest. 

"If we're sincere about human- 
rights violations anywhere, this 
will promise to ourselves to be 
aware of and speak to violations 

of human rights anywhere," he 

The amendment passed. 

Commissioner D.J. Walker of 
Orange Presbytery said Presby- 
terians fall short in stating their 
doctrine and putting it into prac- 

"There's no excuse for this ac- 
tion in saying we haven't acted in 
other issues," he said. "They 
aren't before us. We lose our 
nerve and forget that Christ is go- 
ing to be there with us." 

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amended motion carried. 


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Proposal To Ordain Church 
Educators Wins First Step 

ward establishing the ordained 
office of Christian educator in the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
were approved by the General 

An overture will be sent to the 
church's 196 presbyteries, with a 
simple majority of their votes 
needed to complete the action. If 
approved, the office of educator 
will be added to the church's 
ordained ranks beginning 
January 1, 1988. 

Although debate on the 
question was lengthy, the vote was 
heavily in favor of the proposal, 

brought by the Assembly 
Committee on Ordination and 

Much of the debate centered 
around educational requirements 
involved in preparation for 
educator ordination. As 
eventually approved, they 
specify that "the ministry shall 
give evidence of theologically 
informed fidelity to God's word. 
This will normally require a 
theological degree from an 
institution acceptable to the 
presbytery and requiring not less 
than three years of residence or 
its equivalent. . ." 

Some commissioners sought to 
delete reference to " a 
theological degree," without 

Among specific terms of the 
new office is that holders of it will 
be called by congregations with 
the concurrence of presbytery 
"or to a particular work 
approved by the presbytery" ; the 
educator may not perform "those 
functions historically reserved 
for the minister of the Word," 
which are administering the 
sacraments, officiating at 
marriages, or moderating 

Change Urged In U.S. Policy 

eral Assembly called on 
President Reagan and the 
Congress to "change im- 
mediately" current U.S. policy in 
Central America "not only for the 
sake of the suffering people there 
but also for the moral well-being 
of our nation." 

Commissioners directed Stated 
Clerk James Andrews to com- 
municate the resolution to 
appropriate congressional com- 
mittees; the President; 
secretary of state; attorney- 
general ; and commissioner of the 
Immigration and Naturalization 
Service, the agency involved in 
prosecuting congregations, 
including some Presbyterian 
ones, offering sanctuary to 
refugees from Central America. 

The strongly worded statement 
spelled out the Assembly's "firm 
conviction that current policy in 
Central America is not only 
ideologically misguided, 
politically mistaken, 
economically wasteful, and 
militarily risky but also morally 
wrong and unjust." 

Specifically, the Assembly 
called on the U.S. government to 
actively support dialogue, a 
cease-fire, and peace 
negotiations in El Salvador; end 
all military and economic aid to 
the Salvadoran government; and 

A masked refugee from El Salvador was among a group of Central 
Americans and U.S. Presbyterians involved in the movement offering 
sanctuary to such refugees who held a news conference at the General 
Assembly. They strongly criticized the U.S. government's efforts to 
"silence the sanctuary ministry" of churches giving asylum. (Photo by 
Ron Rice) 

pledge massive economic 
support for development there. 

In addition, the Assembly 
urged the government to respect 
Nicaragua's sovereignty and 
right of self-determination; to 
"stop all efforts to mislead the 
American people about the 
situation in Central America" ; to 
stop all efforts to destabilize 
Nicaragua; and to renew all 

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trade and assist development 

In Honduras and Guatemala, 
the resolution said, the U.S. 
should reduce military aid and 
withdraw American troops from 

The statement also commends 
the sanctuary movement and 
urges Presbyterians to support it. 

Campus Minister 
Called To UNC 

The Rev. Rebecca Reyes has 
been called as Synod's campus 
minister at the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for 
a three-year term beginning 
August 12. She is presently staff 
associate for youth ministry with 
the General Assembly Mission 
Board in Atlanta. 

A native of San Bernandino, 
California, Ms. Reyes is a 
graduate of Texas A & I 
University and Austin Seminary. 
She served a pastorate in Texas 
before joining the Mission Board 
three years ago. 



24-25 Synod's Council, Lees- 
McRae College, Banner 

Church To Divest Funds 
Related To South Africa 

byterian Church (U.S.A.) will 
begin a selective, phased 
divestment of church funds 
held in businesses investing in 
South Africa as a result of a 
decision by the General 
Assembly here. Specifically 
indentified for divestment 
were church funds held in 
Fluor, Mobil, Newmont 
Mining, and Texaco. 

The vote came on a close 
show of hands on June 11. The 
decision approved 
implementation of a study on 
divestment and related 
recommendations. The study 
said that phased, selective 
divestment would "unite the 
search for greater 
effectiveness in combating 
apartheid, the search for 

integrity as an institution 
whose actions should express 
its confession, and the search 
for meaningful expressions of 
solidarity with the oppressed 
South African majority." 

The study also indicated the 
church's new policy "has the 
potential for more effective 
impact on both corporate and 
public policy than continuing 
shareholder action." A phased 
divestment calls attention to 
the move and to the company, 
the study said. 

The Assembly also 
approved plans of the General 
Assembly Mission Board and 
the Program Agency to 
coordinate plans for education 
and action, intended to 
increase Presbyterian 
awareness of apartheid's 

Increased Emphasis 
On Mid East Voted 

eral Assembly instructed church 
agencies to "provide additional 
staff services to be responsible 
for the public advocacy of Middle 
East policy" and called on 
Presbyterians to respond to "the 
urgent needs for relief, 
reconstruction, and resettlement 
in Lebanon," reminding them 
that designated contributions can 
be made to the appropriate 
offices in Atlanta and New York. 

The action came in response to 
a letter from the executive 
secretary of the National 
Evangelical Synod of Syria and 
Lebanon, a Reformed Church in 
that area. The letter described 
the plight of Christians in South 
Lebanon, whose homes, schools, 
and churches have been 
destroyed in recent strife. 

The letter pleaded for help 
from American Presbyterians. 

The Assembly called on the 
U.S. government to increase 
efforts to secure the release of 
American hostages in Lebanon, 
including Presbyterian 
missionary Benjamin Weir, and 
to work for peace in the region 
and provide extensive aid in 

A member of the Assembly 
committee recommending the 
actions on the Middle East said 

the destruction in South Lebanon 
involved institutions with long 
relationships to the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) and affected 
75,000 people. 

In regard to the Weir 
kidnapping, the missionary's 
wife, Carol, told the Assembly 
that an official of the U.S. State 
Department has indicated it will 
"talk with the captors" of at least 
six American hostages, including 
Weir. The kidnappers are 
believed to be part of a 
fundamentalist Moslem group. 
Islamic Jihad. 

Weir has served in the Middle 
East for over 30 years. 

Carol Weir thanked Presby- 
terians for their support, 
including mail to the 
administration. "It has made a 
difference," she said, improving 
her access to the government. 

The administration's deter- 
mination not to give in to 
blackmail is reasonable, she 
said. But she added that she 
believes the government "is 
boxed into an inflexible policy 
which states we will not deal with 

"Only a willingness to deal in a 
significant way with the 
grievances of the Arab com- 
munity will reduce violent acts 
against Americans." 

Assembly Moderator — 

Continued From Page One 
key issue for the denomination in 
the coming year, the new 
moderator said at a press 
conference following his election. 
He added that he hopes there will 
be a greater emphasis on 
revitalizing parish churches, 
which he said had not received 
the proper emphasis over the 
past decade or so. 

On the progress of reunion, 
Wilson said he was pleased so far, 
though he said that through his 
contact with synod and 
presbytery executives, he has 
heard the need expressed to find 
some way to communicate more 
freely with each other and 
become one church, not just talk 
about becoming one church. 

"This will have to come out of 
the local churches and presby- 
teries, and not necessarily from 
the executives and the higher 
governing bodies." he added. 

On the arms race, Wilson said, 
"I am distressed at the evidence 
that our nation is the leading 
arms provider to the world." 
While recognizing that defense 
requires a viable arms industry, 
he said he was not comfortable 
with arms sales as a basis of 
foreign trade. 

Wilson also said he hoped the 
church can identify some 
concrete things to achieve in 

In answering questions from 
the floor prior to the 
moderatorial election, Wilson 
supported Presbyterian 
participation in the World 
Council of Churches; supported 
the General Assembly's position 
denying ordination to avowed, 
practicing homosexuals; 
supported the church's current 
position on abortion; and favored 
the sanctuary movement for 
Central American refugees. 

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JULY, 1985 


Tax Penalty For Church 
Employees Waived For '84 

The Internal Revenue 
Service has announced it is 
waiving the penalty for non- 
payment of estimated taxes 
for 1984 by church employees 
whose employers elected for 
religious reasons not to pay 
the employer's Social Security 
taxes. Many such churches or 
church-controlled organizat- 
ions filed their exemption 
from payment late in 1984, 
leaving employees unable to 
estimate their 1984 tax 

The Deficit Reduction Act of 

1984 allows churches and 
church-controlled organiza- 
tions opposing the payment of 
employer Social Security 
taxes for religious reasons an 
exemption. Their employees 
then must make estimated 
payments to cover their 
liability under the Self- 
Employment Contribution 

While the IRS may charge 
affected employees initially, it 
announced it is identifying 
them and will adjust their tax 
liability to abate or recompute 
the penalty. 

Changes Sought In Board 
Of Retirement Homes 

Synod's Council will be asked 
at its summer meeting this mon- 
th to change the structure of the 
new Synod organization of homes 
for the elderly to allow other 
Presbyterian-related homes to 
affiliate with it but without its 
overall control. The current 
Board of Governors has ultimate 
authority over the Presbyterian 
Home at High Point and planned 
Presbyterian Homes at Raleigh 
and Laurinburg. 

The request comes from the 
Council of Mecklenburg 

Synod's Council is meeting July 
24-25 at Lees-McRae College in 
Banner Elk. 

Church To Give Money To Fund 
For Sanctuary Defendants 

The General Assembly in In- 
dianapolis voted to contribute 
$100,000 to the National San- 
ctuary Defense Fund, formed to 
help pay legal expenses of a 
number of American Christians 
on trial for providing sanctuary 
to refugees from Central 
America. The money voted by the 
Assembly will come from special 
appeals and from uncommitted 

In addition, the General 
Assembly Mission Board this 
summer approved a Special Op- 
portunities for Support Project 
for the defense fund, for $200,000. 
That approval means church 
members may make special 
donations to the fund. 

Before the Assembly voted on 
the contribution in June, it lear- 

ned that the Lutheran World 
Federation in Geneva has com- 
mitted $100,00O-*»-the defense 
fund, and the World Council of 
Churches $20,000. 

One of 14 lawyers defending in- 
dicted sanctuary workers, A. 
Bates Butler III of Tucson, 
Arizona, addressed the Assembly 
before the vote. Butler is a 
Presbyterian elder and a former 
U.S. district attorney for Arizona. 

He initially opposed what he 
considered civil disobedience, the 
sanctuary movement, he told the 
Assembly. He and his father, a 
retired judge and 21-year veteran 
of the FBI, however, changed 
their minds after serious study of 
the issue and now support the 
sanctuary movement, he said. 

Butler told the Assembly the 
1980 U.S. Refugee Act and inter- 

national law established the right 
of refugees to seek safety in other 
lands. They '"have the right not to 
be deported, and the Geneva 
Convention gives us the right to 
thelp them," he said, adding that 
Christians have the obligation to 
help when life is in danger. 

Since 1980, the Refugee Relief 
Act no longer discriminates bet- 
ween countries of origin of 
refugees seeking asylum in the 
U.S., but the U.S. government 
has violated this act, Butler 

The attorney also warned that 
the electronic bugging of church 
services by government agents 
may have far-reaching con- 
sequences. Some Bible classes 
have already ceased to exist af- 
ter members became fearful of 
infiltration by agents. 

The Board of Governors was 
organized in 1984 as part of ex- 
pansion plans at the Presbyterian 
Home in High Point. That Home 
has long been under the authority 
of its own Board of Trustees. The 
new Homes of Raleigh and 
Laurinburg will each have their 
own Board of Trustees; the 
governors have the final 
authority over all three homes 
under the new structure and will 
coordinate policies among the 

The Mecklenburg request 
seeks to change the organization 
so that the Board of Governors 
does not necessarily have final 
authority over the individual 

"The whole matter arose out of 
the early plans to include David- 
son along with Raleigh and 
Laurinburg as locations for new 
Synod Homes." said Synod 
Executive John D. MacLeod Jr. 
"It had been expected that 
Davidson would resolve certain 

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Huge Success Of University s Campaign 
To Meet Needs, Establish New Programs 

Success in a massive and 
unanticipated way in a capital 
campaign will enable Johnson C. 
Smith University in Charlotte to 
not only meet the needs for which 
the campaign was held but to 
achieve some things not en- 
visioned in the original planning. 

Johnson C. Smith is a 
predominantly black, Presby- 
terian institution, historically 
related to the former United 
Presbyterian Church. 

The university's goal was $2 
million; as of mid-July, it had 
raised pledges of $6.2 million, 
said President Robert L. Albright 
in an interview. 

He attributed success on that 
scale to three things: 

•"The overwhelming 
generosity of the Charlotte com- 
munity. It contributed in ways we 
didn't expect." The campaign 
was in fact conducted largely in 
the community. 

• The quality of the leadership 
for the campaign. General 
Chairman John B. Stedman, 
president of Republic Bank and 
Trust Co., "brought real en- 
thusiasm and conviction," 
Albright said. "He recruited all 
the outstanding corporate 
leaders of Charlotte." With that 
kind of leadership and in- 
volvement, the campaign 
developed a momentum of its 
own, he said. 

• "The community is convin- 
ced Johnson C. Smith is poised to 
make a significant leap for- 
ward." Albright said that when 
he came as president, he pledged 
to toughen academic standards. 
That has happened, he said, and 
the enrollment has grown and 
four new degree programs have 
been implemented, including a 
cooperative program in 
engineering with the University 

of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Under the original goals of the 
campaign, the college would 
renovate an administration 
building, add substantially to 
financial aid for students, add to 
library acquisitions, and provide 
general support. In addition, a 
new endowment of $700,000 would 
support faculty and curriculum 

As a result of the unexpected 
success, the college will put 
significantly more resources into 
its endowment, Albright said: 
$1.8 million in the near future. In 
addition, the new endowment for 
faculty and curriculum develop- 
ment will receive about $1 million 

The college will start several 
new, unanticipated programs 
because of the campaign, the 
president said. The ad- 
ministration has begun planning 

an honors college, designating 
$50,000 for that purpose. The in- 
stitution will also start an en- 
dowment fund of $300,000 for the 
library, in addition to the 
already-planned $50,000 for 

At a luncheon connected with 
the capital campaign last Sep- 
tember, Albright called for par- 
tnership between the university 
and the corporate community to 
develop excellence in academics 
and research that would benefit 

In addition to the corporate 
leaders who participated, 
Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt 
and Rolfe Neill, publisher of The 
Charlotte Observer, served on 
the executive committee. A num- 
ber of other prominent Charlotte 
leaders were involved in various 
aspects of the campaign, which 
was formally launched in 

legal problems in order to par- 
ticipate, but this did not prove 

"The Mecklenburg overture is 
an effort to find some way to 
maintain some connection." 

The Mecklenburg com- 
munication notes that the plan- 
ned Davidson Retirement Com- 
munity has indicated a desire to 
be part of a network of 
retirement homes but "has found 
it unwise to assign all matters of 
ownership, development, and 
operation to the Presbyterian 
Homes of North Carolina as their 
charter and by-laws now 

The communication also 
argued that other Presbyterian- 
related homes, such as the 
Presbyterian Home of Charlotte 
(Sharon Towers), "have much to 
offer in an inclusive Synod-wide 
cooperative effort" to care for the 
elderly and that "there may be 
efficiencies and benefits of a 
shared association." 

* The Mecklenburg Council said 
it believes the present structure 
"will prevent the establishment 
of a Synod-wide organization that 
will most effectively assist in 
providing care for the elderly," 
and it asked the Synod Council to 
change that structure to allow af- 
filiation by other homes on 
mutually agreeable terms. 

The Council's summer 
meeting is a two-day meeting 
because it is the first meeting of 
the synodal year and provides 
orientation sessions for new 
members. The first afternoon 
and evening will be devoted to 
those sessions, with scheduled 
presentations on reunion, boun- 
daries, campus ministry, budget 
analysis, college relationships, 
and long-range planning. 

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Synod Staffer Takes PSCE Job 

Peggy F. Witherspoon, ad- 
ministrative assistant to the 
stated clerk of Synod, has ac- 
cepted a position as ad- 
ministrative assistant to the 
president of the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education in 
Richmond, Dr. Heath Rada, ef- 
fective August 1. Ms. Wither- 
spoon has been with the Synod's 
staff since 1980. 

PSCE is the only graduate 
school in Christian education in 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.). It offers master's and 
doctoral degrees. 

In her new capacity. Ms. 
Witherspoon will manage the of- 
fice of the president, work with 
the board of trustees, and be 
responsible for various other 

"This is an offer that is very 
exciting to me," she said, calling 
it "a challenge that I cannot turn 

She said, "My years in Synod's 
Office have taught me a great 
deal, and I will always treasure 
the friendships that I have made 
through my work here. My 
prayers and interest will continue 
to be with the Synod of North 

Peggy F. Witherspoon 


Ms. Witherspoon added, "It is 
also with reluctance that I leave 
my church family at the Kirk of 
Kildaire in Cary." 

She has served as an elder at 
that church and as chairman of 
its Christian education com- 

mittee for youth. In addition, she 
has been secretary to the board of 
directors at Capital Towers in 
Raleigh, a Presbyterian apar- 
tment complex for the elderly. 

Ms. Witherspoon grew up in 
Alexandria and Shreveport, 
Louisiana, and is a graduate of 
Southwestern at Memphis (now 
Rhodes College); she holds a 
master's degree in Bible from 

Synod Executive John 
MacLeod said, "We will miss 
Peggy very much, but I am 
pleased for her that she will have 
an opportunity for wider service. 
She has many gifts to bring to her 
new position which should benefit 
that school. 

"We wish her well." 

Rada has been president of 
PSCE since 1981. He studied at St. 
Andrews Presbyterian College 
and holds a doctorate in 
education from N.C. State 
University. Before going to 
PSCE, he was on the faculty of 
Appalachian State University 
and directed the North Carolina 
Center for Community 

Queens College Announces 
Two Promotions On Staff 

Dr. Clyda S. Rent has been 
named vice-president for 
academic affairs at Queens 
College, assuming many of the 
duties formerly held by Dr. 
Cynthia Tyson, who has assumed 
the presidency of Mary Baldwin 
College. Dr. Rent was already 
serving as vice-president for the 
New College and the Graduate 
School at Queens; her new duties 
will add responsibility for the 
traditional College of Arts and 
Sciences at Queens. 

In addition, Dr. Joyce Shealy 
has become dean of the College cf 
Arts and Sciences, assuming 
some of Dr. Tyson's duties. Dr. 


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Dr. Shealy has been on the 
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was educated at the University of 
South Carolina, Ohio State 
University, and the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Mecklenburg Calls New 
Associate For Mission 



Mecklenburg Presbytery has 
called the Rev. William H. 
Tiemann as associate executive 
presbyter for mission, effective 
August 1. He has been chaplain at 
Austin College in Texas since 

Presbytery Executive Robert 
James said in an interview that 
calling an associate executive 
will enable James to concentrate 
more specifically on certain 
areas through a division of labor. 
Tiemann will have responsibility 


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for urban ministries in the 
presbytery, the direction its in- 
ternational ministries will take 
as Mecklenburg's participation 
in a mission project in Haiti nears 
completion, institutional 
ministries (including a campus 
ministry at the University of Nor- 
th Carolina at Charlotte) , church 
development and new church 
development, and several others. 

The position of associate 
executive is a new one for 

Tiemann, 57, is a native of 
Seguin, Texas. He is a graduate 
of the University of Texas and 
holds advanced degrees from 
Austin Presbyterian Theological 
Seminary. He has served 
pastorates in Arkansas and 



Hendersonville Youths Go To 
Washington To Work, Learn 

A group of youths from a Hendersonville church made 
sandwiches for street people, visited a women's shelter, and 
learned about the legislative process when they spent four days 
in Washington, D.C., in April. The 20 youths were from Trinity 
Church. They were accompanied by six adults. 

Half the youths worked with street people at Martha's Table, 
making sandwiches for other street people; the other half 
visited the House of Ruth, the shelter, where they talked with 
residents and did some work cleaning. The group visited the 
offices of Bread for the World and Rep. William Hendon. 

Two N.C. Students Win 
UTS Graduate Fellowships 

Three graduating students at Union Seminary in Virginia, two 
of them from North Carolina, received faculty fellowships for 
post-graduate study. The three are John C. Mullen of Wilson, 
Charles L. Cornwell of Davidson, and Anne L.Y. Manson of 
Richmond. Cornwell formerly was professor of English at 
Davidson College. 

The fellowships are awarded for academic excellence and 
promise of a useful career in ministry. 

In addition, Thomas W. Nance Jr. of Richmond received the 
William Monroe Wicker Memorial Award. Nance was chosen by 
the faculty as an outstanding model of Christian caring and 
sensitivity. He is a former public-school principal in Richmond. 

Radio Spots Relevant To 
Youths Point Toward Hope 

Four radio spots aimed at youth and dealing with relevant 
issues have been produced by the Presbyterian Appalachian 
Broadcasting Council, to which the Synod of North Carolina 
belongs. The 30-second spots are available free of charge upon 
request to Presbyterian churches within the Appalachian area 
to place on radio stations; churches outside that area can order 
the set of four for $5.00. 

The spots focus on suicide, the need for touching, and the 
future direction of one's life. They end in hope, relating that God 
does care for each person. 


N.C. Man To Head Committee 
Certifying Church Educators 

A North Carolina man has been elected the first moderator of 
the new committee certifying educators in the reunited church. 
Sam Hobson of Jacksonville was elected at the first meeting in 
May of the Educator Certification Council. 

By certifying educators, the Council seeks to recognize profes- 
sional competence and to help individuals achieve necessary 
skills for service in the church. 

Clyde Robinson Named To Lead 
Joint Education Ministry 

A North Carolina minister has been named administrative 
coordinator of United Ministries in Education, a venture of 
seven denominations, including the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.). The Rev. Clyde O. Robinson Jr. of Charlotte most 
recently was on the staff of the General Assembly Mission 
Board, relating to UME and to United Ministries in High 

A native of Gastonia, Robinson is a graduate of Davidson 
College and Union Seminary in New York. He served as 
Presbyterian campus minister at Duke University, 1966-69, and 
as pastor of Trinity Church in Winston-Salem and associate 
pastor of White Memorial Church in Raleigh. 

Two Former Denominational 
Foundations Announce Merger 

The foundations from the reunited denominations have 
merged, top officers of the two reported at the General 
Assembly in Indianapolis. The United Presbyterian Foundation 
and the Presbyterian Foundation, Inc., (U.S.) have formed the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation. 

Operating as one organization enables the two offices, based 
in New York and Charlotte respectively, to prepare common 
literature and pool investments where possible. 

JULY, 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

A Month Of Highlights 


It would be difficult to select highlights during the 
past month. To begin with there was the meeting of 
the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and 
Universities at Warren Wilson College. 

This college, for many years related to the United 
Presbyterian Church, is now "one of ours." Dr. 
Reuben Holden is president, and I have been 
tremendously impressed with the caliber of the 
school and its mission as a part of our church's 
higher-education program. Since there are nine 
Presbyterian colleges in North Carolina, the 
Association is of particular significance to us as we 
work on common problems. 

I was back to the mountains again for the annual 
meeting of the Men of the Synod at Lees-McRae Col- 
lege. As always, the college was most hospitable, 
and the conference went well. Dr. Dudley Flood, 
who was a featured speaker at our recent Synod 
meeting, was also on the program at Lees-McRae. 

My wife attends West Raleigh Presbyterian 
Church, and I had the opportunity of speaking to 
the men's breakfast there. That group is seeking a 
new charter in the denomination-wide program of 
reactivating men's work in the local church. 

Another Sunday I had the unusual privilege of 
taking part with Clem Lamberth, Concord 
Executive, and host pastor Bill Rhodes at the 150th 
anniversary of the Third Creek Church building. 
That's right, not the 150th anniversary of the chur- 
ch, which runs back into the 18th century, but the 
150th anniversary of the present building. It is an 
architectural gem in Rowan County and one of the 
first brick churches of any denomination in the 

While there we saw Jim and Ruby Knox, from 
whom we rented an apartment at Carolina Beach in 
the first year of our marriage and my pastorate 

there; Cathy and Caroline Gramley, who are Mora- 
vians but who have roots at Third Creek ; and Com- 
missioner of Agriculture Jim Graham, who is a son 
of that congregation. 

The Gramleys, mother and daughter, were in our 
group which went to Nicaragua, where the Mora- 
vians have had missionaries for many years and 
are the largest Protestant group in a generally 
Catholic country. 

One Sunday evening we went down to Kirkwood, 
Wilmington Presbytery's camp, near Burgaw. I 
preached at vespers in a beautiful setting beside the 
lake, and the evening was finished off with a 
watermelon feast. 

Another evening we went over to Snow Camp in 
Alamance County to see "The Sword of Peace," an 
outdoor drama about the Quakers, the British, and 
the Revolutionary War. The production was quite 
good, the nearby museum was interesting, and the 
evening was most enjoyable. 

Elsewhere in this paper you will read that Peggy 
Witherspoon is leaving this office to become 
administrative assistant to the president of the 
Presbyterian School of Christian Education. She 
was here when I arrived, so I have not known the of- 
fice without her and she will be greatly missed. Her 
wide-ranging knowledge of the church and her 
acquaintance with a large number of people will be 
assets to PSCE as they have been to us. Her atten- 
tion to the smallest details has made her in- 
valuable, especially in work with the Reynolds 
Fund and with Synod's Nominating Committee, but 
it would be impossible to list all the significant 
contributions which she has made. We wish her well 
as she goes up higher in her career. 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

Returning Thanks — 
With Interest 


Charles E.S. Kraemer 

"But / say to you, Love your enemies, and pray for those who per- 
secute you . . . For if you love those who love you, what reward have 
you?" (Matthew 5:44, 46) ". . . never avenge yourselves . . .'Vengeance 
is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'" (Romans 12:19) 


This article is being written during the TWA hostage crisis. In the 
Mid-East most of the hostages have been set free after 17 days. One of 
the young passengers on the plane was brutally beaten and killed. 
Seven U.S. citizens, not passengers on the plane, are still being held 
captive, we do not know by whom or where. 

In some important ways terrorism is even worse than war. Terrorism 
is sneaky and violent. It does not go by any rules. Anyone anywhere 
might be the victim of terrorism. This kind of terrorism is even worse 
because the Shiites who perpetrated it are fundamentalists. That is 
using the word "fundamentalism" to describe the position of people 
who are absolutely sure that whatever they are doing or thinking comes 
directly from God. It is very difficult to deal with people like that or to 
defend against them. When our government first began to speak to this 
crisis the word was "retaliation." Retaliation for the indignities and the 
brutalities and even the death which were inflicted upon our U.S. 
citizens. When the word "retaliate" was used, that was understandably 
what most people wanted to hear. 

Somehow as I pondered all the things that these terrorists had done 
and were doing there continued to come to me these verses of scripture 
concerning what Jesus had to say about the long-held tradition of "an 
eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth' and about "Do not resist one who 
is evil" and about turning the "other cheek" (Matthew 5:38-39). And 
with that scripture kept recurring also the words of Apostle Paul: 
"Never avenge yourselves . . . Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the 
Lord" (Romans 12:19). It was not that I wanted to remember these 
words, it was just that I did remember them. And I thought how much 
easier it is to say, "I take the Bible literally, just as it is," than to 
actually take the Bible literally, just as it is. I have been a preacher long 
enough to know that it is not popular to preach on texts such as these in 
times such as these. But out of the security of retirement, Social 
Security, and out of the security of writing as a non-professional, non- 
staff member of The Presbyterian News I do feel led to ask to 
consider these things. It is one thing to write to people, most of whom I 
will never see. It is quite another thing to preach to people face-to-face. 


Our Lord when he said, "Love your enemies, love those who 
persecute you" also said "if you love those who love you" (Matthew 
5:44, 46), anybody can do that. Sometime, somewhere, somebody must 
love the unlovely people. That is what he said and that is what he did on 
the cross as he prayed for those who nailed him there. The main trouble 
about retaliating for the sake of retaliating is that it never gets 
anywhere. The U.S. retaliates against the Shiites, who are retaliating 
against the Israelis, who are retaliating against the Shiites. And so it 
goes on and on back to the time when the Israelites returned to 
Palestine from their captivity in Egypt and before. 

I had the occasion to say thank-you to Dr. J. Slater 
Simmons of Sanford this past week. Dr. Simmons, 
who has retired from the practice of medicine, had 
a habit of befriending college students. I had the 
good fortune of being one of those students. Twenty- 
two years ago I was struggling to pay off my school 
bill; somehow, through the grace of God, I paid it in 
full and only needed bus fare home. 

I preached several Sundays at Fair Promise AME 
Zion Church in Sanford, of which Dr. Simmons was 
and is a member. I never mentioned my financial 
predicament to any members of the church. On my 
last Sunday at the conclusion of service as Dr. Sim- 
mons shook my hand I felt paper. Then he said, "I 
know how it is to struggle through school. Take this 
and don't tell anyone." I opened my hand and saw a 
$20 bill, enough to purchase my bus ticket home. 

This experience did not radically change the 
course of events of my life. It did, however, renew 
my faith in God working through others. So 22 years 
later I returned to Sanford to offer my thanksgiving 
to a man who asked me "to tell no one." I have, in 
fact, shared this experience with thousands. My 
family accompanied me to meet with him and his 
wife, Gladys. After I recounted the incident, I said, 
"I just wanted to show you what I did with the $20 
you gave me." With humor, he said, "I don't want 
the principal, just pay me the interest." 

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to return 
to say "thank-you" and to be reminded of the need 
to pay the interest. It is interest to be paid to other 
sojourners along life's way, may of whom will not 
return to say "thank-you." 

When the Apostle Paul admonishes the Christians at Rome to "repay 
no one evil for evil . . . but so far as it depends on you, to live peaceably 
with all" and "never avenge yourselves" (Romans 12:17, 18), he is not 
saying that their enemies do not deserve to be brought to judgment for 
their evil. Paul is not even saying that these enemies should expect to be 
delivered from the kinds of pain and suffering that they have caused 
other people. "Love" in the New Testament is not a cheap sentimental 
permissiveness or passivism that overlooks justice. Justice will 
prevail, the Apostle says; you can count on that. Just be sure your 
concern is really for justice and not for revenge. "Never avenge 
yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written 'Vengeance 
is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' No, if your enemy is hungry, feed 
him, if he is thirsty, give him drink, for by so doing you will heap 
burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome 
evil with good" (Romans 12:17). 

Do we really believe that? Do you really believe that? 

Great Opportunities Seen For N.C. Foundation In Future 


An enthusiastic board believes 
that the North Carolina Presby- 
terian Foundation can become an 
important part of the future of the 
Synod of North Carolina. 

The Rev. Kirk Allen, former 
pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church at High Point, believes 
the foundation offers "limitless 
possibilities" for the Presby- 

terians in the state in providing 
money for a variety of uses. Allen 
is executive director of the 

"Frankly," Allen told the Tri- 
Synod meeting at Lynchburg, "I 
believe we are engaged in a 
promising project with a real 

The foundation was established 
in 1969, but after a flurry of 

activity at the beginning it was 
largely dormant until nearly two 
years ago. At that time, the 
foundation was reactivated, and 
its board has been meeting 
regularly since then. The next 
meeting is scheduled for July 26. 

Allen said the board felt that 
the foundation needed to develop 
"a broad base of support" 
initially so that it would have 

money on hand and would 
familiarize Presbyterians 
throughout the state with the 
foundation and its goals. The im- 
mediate goal was to ask $100 
from each Presbyterian. Allen 
reported that so far 60 families 
and one church fund have 
contributed at least $100 each, 
giving the fund about $7,000 in 
new money. 

Allen said the board feels that 
one of its earliest "and most 
important needs" is an education 
program throughout the state. He 
reminded those attending the 
Synod's annual meeting that the 
foundation was formed to be a 
servant of the Synod. 

Board members currently are 
dividing themselves into com- 



JULY, 1985 

How to Help 
Strengthen Synod 

By W. Kirk Allen 

A few weeks ago a news release from Hollywood informed us that 
Jimmy Stewart had given his personal memorabilia and papers to 
Brigham Young University. Since that particular school is the primary 
institution of higher education for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints, the rumor was soon flying that Stewart had converted and 
become a Morman, forsaking his beloved Beverly Hills Presbyterian 

Why had he not left his papers and memorabilia to his alma mater, 
Princeton University? Or to the film school at UCLA? Explained 
Stewart: "No one except Brigham Young ever asked me." (He had not 
converted nor left the Presbyterian Church! ) 


Let it not be said that you have not been asked to give to the N.C. 
Presbyterian Foundation. Accept this as a substitute for a personal 
invitation to be a Charter Subscriber. For the contribution of $100 your 
name will be inscribed on the list of those who are helping to make the 
N.C. Presbyterian Foundation a reality. 

If it does, indeed, become a reality and a strong force for 
undergirding the excellent programs, agencies, and institutions of the 
Synod of North Carolina, we can be grateful that we had a part in 
establishing the Foundation. There is an acceptable and justifiable 
sense of pride in participating in a great piece of work for the Church. 

A few years from now, when the Foundation will be able to use its 
resources to supplement or enlarge the work of an agency of the Synod, 
we will be able to say, "A bit of that money was my contribution in 1985. 
I'm grateful that I was able to do that." There is nothing wrong in being 
able to make such a claim. Did not our Lord say, "And you must shed 
light among your fellows so that, when they see the good you do, they 
may give praise to your Father in heaven"? 


Therefore, good reader, take this as a personal invitation to you to be 
a part of the formation of the N.C. Presbyterian Foundation. Send us a 
$100 contribution. Or make the Foundation the beneficiary of a life in- 
surance policy. Or write the Foundation into your will. Or make a gift of 
appreciated stocks or property. And hear the Lord say, "Well done, 
good and faithful servant." 

Pensions' Growing Importance 
Examined in TV Special 

Pensions are of interest to most 
people who work ; they also hap- 
pen to constitute one of the most 
important factors in the 
American economy. On July 27, 
the NBC Television Network will 
examine the subject in a news 
special, an NBC "White Paper" 
entitled "The Biggest Lump of 
Money in the World." The 
program will air from 10:00 to 

With estimated assets of more 
than $1 .25 trillion, pension funds 
are the single most important 
source of investment capital for 

American business. They are 
growing so rapidly that by the 
year 2000, they could represent 60 
to 80 percent of all the stocks 
owned in America, with an 
estimated value of $4 trillion for 
the funds by then. 

The importance of these funds 
has sparked a battle over their 
control and investment policies, 
involving corporations, money 
managers, union leaders, public 
officials, and economists. The 
outcome of such a struggle may 
determine the economic health of 
the nation in the future. 

The NBC documentary will 
examine the major issues and 
people involved in this field. It 
will also cover important new 

Topics it will address include 
money managers and pension 
funds, the link between pension 
assets and corporate takeovers, 
changes in pension-fund invest- 
ment initiated by union leaders 
and politicians, and the struggle 
of participants in pension plans 
and unions to gain more influence 
in investment decisions. 

Exhibit Traces Women's Contributions 

"Women in the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.)" is the title of a 
new exhibit at the Historical 
Foundation in Montreat this 
year. The exhibit traces the 
history of women in the 
Presbyterian Church from 
colonial days, when women were 
not allowed to speak or pray in 
church or at a church meeting of 
mixed company, to the present, 
when women are serving in all 
areas of church work. 

In the early 1800's, women 
formed prayer groups and 
benevolent societies. Through 
these various societies, they 
distributed Bibles, established 
homes for orphans and widows, 
built schools, and supported the 

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Peace In The 
Middle East 

The Presbyterian Peac- 
emaking Conference will focus on 
"Toward Understanding the 
Middle East"; the intention is to 
help Presbyterians deepens their 
understanding of international, 
religious, and socio-economic 
roots of crises in the Middle East; 
the role of the U.S. church and 
Christians in Muslim-Jewish 
societies, and the impact of 
current U.S. foreign policy in the 

The aim is to help participants 
encourage their congregations 
become involved in dialogue, 
study, and support for peace- 
makers in the region. There are 
11 workshops. 


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Leaders: Dr. Edward Said, 
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descendent of the first native 
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Worship In 
Presbyteries and Synods 

A Conference on Worship in 
Presbyteries and Synods will 
introduce a new manual for 
worship committees of those 
bodies, which offers guidance on 
worship of presbyteries and 
synods and how presbytery com- 
mittees can aid congregations; 

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another focus will be on two 
supplemental liturgical 
resources: The Service for the 
Lord's Day and Holy Baptism 
and Services for the Renewal of 
Baptism. There will be 
workshops on each of the three 
resources, all of which have been 
prepared by the Office of 
Worship, Presbyterian Church 

Sponsor: The Office of 

Leaders: V. Bruce Rigdon, 
McCormick Seminary, keynote 
speaker; workshop leaders L. 
Alvin Young, Harold M. Daniels, 
and Robert M. Shelton. 

Dates and location: September 
18-20, Lindenwood College and St. 
Charles Presbyterian Church, St. 
Charles, Missouri; registration 
fee includes campus housing and 
meals, $119-$139, depending on 
housing; registration forms 
available from presbytery 
executives or the Office of 
Worship, 1044 Alta Vista Road, 
Louisville, Kentucky 40205; 
registration deadline is August 

Church and State 
In America 

"Church, State and the First 
Amendment: A North Carolina 
Dialogue" celebrates the 
bicentennial of the Constitution 
by stimulating informed 
discussion about the history and 
interpretation of clauses on 
religion in the First Amendment. 
Any non-profit organization that 
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Continued On Page Ten 

evangelist Charles Finney on a 
crusade in New York. The 
General Assembly was so 
impressed with the work of the 
women that it asked the women 
to support needy seminary 

Later women became Sunday 
School teachers and still later 
missionaries. Through their 
educational and mission work at 
home and abroad, the women 

made major contributions both 
individually and collectively to 
the work of the church. 

The exhibit tells the story of the 
women's organizations of both 
the former United Presbyterian 
Church, U.S. A., and the former 
Presbyterian Church U.S., as 
well as the story of the women 
achieving full status in the 



Why People Give I 

My favorite stewardship story is the one about the every-member 
visitor who got a long, sad story from one of the congregation's 
wealthier members: "My mother is in a rest home; my brother is an 
alcoholic unable to care for his own family; my only son is a ne'er-do- 
well who has never made a single dollar in his life; my daughter has 
squandered every cent she could get her hands on playing the horses; 
my wife wants every dress and fur coat she sees." 

"My goodness," said the visitor, "With those kinds of responsibilities, 
I can understand why you have difficulty giving to the church." 

"That's right," said the wealthy member. "I don't give anything to 
those bums in my family. Why should I give anything to you?" 

The excuses we have for not giving more to the work of the church are 
legion: "I don't agree with what the church bureaucracy says." "I 
think the church spends too much on buildings." "The pastor's salary is 
too large." "My family's needs have to come first." "Religion is sup- 
posed to be free." "Tithing was alright in the old days, but we live under 
grace, not law." "The government does most of the work the church 
used to do. My taxes are my tithe." 

On the other hand, I would rather listen to some of the more positive 
words said by people who have discovered the real joy of giving: "I 
have been given so much. The tithe I give back to God seems like very 
little." "My pastor sat with me for ten hours in the hospital when my 
child was sick. She is really underpaid for all she does for us." "I don't 
always agree with statements made by the church, but it is still my 
church and I choose to support it." "I didn't know what real commitment 
to Christ meant until I started tithing." "It makes me feel so good to 
know that the money I give can be put to such good use." "When you 
think about it, the things the church stands for — like peace and feeding 
the hungry — are the things I want to support." 

All of the above — both the positive and the negative statements — 
are real comments from persons who have attended stewardship 
workshops over the past few months. They reveal some of the com- 
plexity of theology, emotions, and personal priorities that go into 
making a decision about giving to the church. My own thinking has gone 
through an important change (important to me, at least) because of my 
experiences with pastors and laypersons in these workshops. 

I used to believe that the most important component in a good 
stewardship campaign was a good budget. If people understood the 
need for their giving, then they would give. That is still important, but I 
have come to believe that something else is more crucial. The need of 
the church for my dollars is not nearly so important as My Need To . 
Give. I need to give because giving demands a commitment from me. 

Most of us will not be called to the mission Held, or be asked to deny 
our faith under penalty of death, or do any other significant act of faith 
that might confirm our calling. But we are asked to support the work of 
Christ's church with a significant gift of our income. 

The act of giving becomes an act of faith: faith in God that he will con- 
tinue to supply our needs even as we give away something precious, and 
faith in the church that it will use wisely that with which we entrust it. 

As helpful as it may be to emphasize the good works that the church 
can do with our gifts, I believe that the personal faith development of 
the giver is even more important. As I give, I grow. As I grow, God 
enables me to give more. If what I give also does good works, that is a 

JULY, 1985 



Thanks Go To 
Youth Council Grads 

The Senior High Youth Council 
recognizes those who graduated 
this year. Their work, dedication, 
friendship and leadership 
brought great success to the pro- 
gram. They will be missed. 

JR. : First Church, Washington ; 
Washington H.S. ; to attend ECU. 
He plans to major in Business 
Administration with a future in 
real estate. As a Youth Council 
member, Herb felt he learned 
leadership skills and gained a 
better understanding of himself 
as a person. 

Cann Memorial, Elizabeth City; 
Northeastern H.S.; to attend 
Washington and Lee. She will be 
among the first class of women to 
enroll as undergraduates and will 
study marine biology. Kim en- 
joyed meeting people from other 
churches and helping pave the 
way for future Council members. 

Farmville Church; Parrot 
Academy, Kinson; to attend 
UNC-G. She plans to pursue a 
degree in dance with hopes of 
teaching. Julie is thankful for the 
opportunity to serve on a 
broader-based spectrum than the 
local church giving her a sense of 
the meaning of leadership. 

Edgemont Church, Rocky 
Mount; Rocky Mount H.S. ; to at- 
tend Nash Technical College and 
later transfer to pursue a degree 
in marketing. The feeling of 
understanding and love that 
developed over the years among 
the members of the group was 
most important to Dawn. She will 
marry David Cockrell, Sept. 28. 

Resource Center 

The boxes are unpacked in our 
new location at First 
Presbyterian Church in Rocky 
Mount. Books are on the shelves 
and audio-visual kits are 
displayed in the backroom. Many 
thanks to all of you who helped 
pack and move the center. An in- 
ventory of what we have is being 
taken while the center is being 
cleaned up and organized. Don't 
forget to use your Resource 
Center during this interim 
period. Contact Philip Gladden, 
919-446-9121, P.O. Box 1311, 
Rocky Mount, N.C. 27801. 


HEIZER: Farmville Church; 
Farmville Central H.S.; will at- 
tend NCSU. He hopes to study in 
the School of Agriculture and Life 
Sciences. Kelly appreciated the 
chance to know people in the 
larger church community and the 
opportunity to learn leadership in 
a practical setting. 

Farmville Church; Farmville 
Central H.S.; will attend UNC- 
CH. He will study business. 

First Church, Washington; 
Washington H.S.; will attend 
Fork Union Military Academy, 
then transfer to NCSU hoping to 
play varsity football and major in 
engineering. Mike said he had fun 
doing the work of the Youth Coun- 
cil and learned how to better 
organize and meet people. 

LEFORD: First Church, 
Kinston; Kinston H.S. ; will at- 
tend UNC-CH. She plans to major 
in Business Administration with 
hopes of working in industrial 
relations or management. Youth 
Council has been a chance to 
meet people from other churches 
and learn things to bring back to 
her own church. 

Marks Elected 

Lynne Marks of Greenville 
First Church was elected a 
member of the Committee on 
Women's Concerns at the 197th 
General Assembly meeting in In- 

She chairs Albemarle's sub- 
committee on Women's Con- 
cerns, a part of the Specialized 
Ministries committee. The next 
meeting will be August 1, 7:30 
p.m., at Pinetops Church. 

Tops 500! 

As of Monday, July 15, 1985, 
registration for the summer pro- 
grams at Camp Albemarle stood 
at 501. This represents aprox- 
imately 141 campers more than 
in 1984, an increase of about 39%. 
The swimming pool has proved to 
be an important addition to the 
facilities, and the Rev. Bob 
McCully's service as director has 
been outstanding. 

l ne /liuemarle Jrre 

s byte nan 

Peggy Bright, Editor 

July, 1985 




Three Calls Approved 

David C. Ethridge has received 
a call to serve as pastor of the 
Snow Hill Presbyterian Church 
beginning September 1, 1985. 

David is a 1985 graduate of 
Gordon-Conwell Theological 
Seminary. He was under care of 
Norfolk Presbytery in Virginia. 
His ministry experience includes 
youth work, church summer in- 
ternship and Clinical Pastoral 

He and his wife Darlene attend- 
ed the college of William and 
Mary and married in 1982. 

Donald R. Muncie will serve as 
pastor of the Frank Price 
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 
Wilson, beginning August 1, 1985. 

Don recently received the 
Master of Divinity degree from 
Gordon-Conwell Theological 
Seminary while under care of 
Hanover Presbytery in Virginia. 
He worked as a math teacher and 
coach in the interim between col- 
lege at Randolph-Macon and 

Don and his wife Kathryn will 
be moving here from Beverly, 

Taylor Todd will serve First 
Presbyterian Church, 
Washington, N.C, as associate 
pastor beginning August 1, 1985. 

Taylor received a Doctor of 
Ministry degree in May from 
Union Theological Seminary in =s 
Virginia under the care of North 
Alabama Presbytery. He worked 
one year as Community Pro- 
grams Director and Camp Direc- 
tor in Florence, AL, after 
graduating from Southwestern at 
Memphis (now Rhodes College). 

He is married to the former Ab- 
by Elizabeth Jackson. 

Taste Of Ministry 
To Be In August 


The Taste of Ministry event for 
1985 will be August 11-23 at a 
retreat center near Huttonville, 
West Virginia. The event for re- 
cent seminary graduates and 
their families is intended to help 
them cope with the transition 
from a seminary environment to 
the environment of a particular 

The event will be led by a team 
of experienced ministers as well 
as some outstanding lay persons. 
It will provide an opportunity for 
new ministers to ' identify some 
goals for ministry in their new 
setting, to work through some 
powerful emotions that are con- 
nected with the transition, to- 
build a network among col- 

leagues for mutual support and 
feedback, and to start planning 
for continuous education and pro- 
fessional development. 

Tentatively scheduled to attend 
this year's event are Michelle 
Burcher, Donald Muncie, David 
Etheridge, and Taylor Todd. 


Jim and Vickie Carr have 
adopted a baby boy! James 
Aaron Carr was entrusted to their 
care on June 5th, 1985. He was 
born January 22nd, weighing 8 
pounds, 5 l 2 oz., and measuring 
20 3 4 inches long. Jim is pastor of 
Williamston First Church. 

The LaGrange Presbyterian 
Church was dissolved at the re- 
quest of the congregation, effec- 
tive June 30, 1985. Albemarle 
Presbytery approved the dissolu- 
tion at its April 20 meeting. 

A final meeting of the con- 
gregation was held on June 30 to 
ratify and confirm actions of the 
trustees in regard to property 
matters. Mr. Nathan Sutton and 
Mrs. Hazel Wooten are special 
trustees of the Presbytery to han- 
dle the disposition of the personal 
property of the congregation. 

Permission has been given to 
the Rotary Club of LaGrange to 
make use of the building, provid- 
ed that no material or substantial 
changes are made to the sanc- 

Sarah Coburn Writes On Mission Trip To Mexico 

(Sarah Coburn is a member of 
Neuse Forest Church in New 
Bern, where both of her parents 
serve on the Session. She was ac- 
tive in the Youth Fellowship and 
on the Diaconate. She is presently 
working on an M.A. in literature 
at ECU as a Graduate Teaching 
Fellow. Sarah is active in ECU 
Campus Ministry, through which 
funds for the trip were made 

I recently had the opportunity 
to participate in a work team 
sponsored by the Methodist 
Church, and with the assistance 
of Albemarle Presbytery, I was 
able to go with them to Mexico. 
Our task was to help paint and 
repair the two oldest churches 
built by the Methodist Church in 
Mexico. Our purpose, however, 
was of a much more general 
nature. We were there as mis- 

sionaries of good will and en- 
thusiasm for the members of 
those churches, and, the Mexican 
people in general. 

Mexico is 95% Catholic 
The rest of the population is 
either Protestant or apathetic. 
The field ministry in Mexico by 
the Methodist and Presbyterian 
churches is a cooperative effort. 

The Mexicans have a quite 
distorted image of Americans, 
just as we have a distorted idea 
about Mexicans. Their idea of a 
typical American is someone who 
lives in a giant house, who never 
goes to work, who has servants to 
do all the menial work, and who 
rides around on horses and shoots 
Indians for fun — that is, when we 
aren't break-dancing. 

The language barrier was the 
most frustrating element of the 
trip, but, at the same time, it was 

also one of the biggest sources of 
amusement. One American, try- 
ing to speak English with a Mex- 
ican accent, told one little boy to 
come pintura (eat paint), when 
she thought that she was asking 
him if he wanted to help. I asked 
one little girl if she had seventy 
brothers and sisters, rather than 
seven as I intended. Needless to 
say, both we and the children 
were quite amused! In between 
language gaffs and looking up 
every other word in the Spanish- 
English dictionary that became 
welded to my right hand, I 
discovered several things about 
the Mexican people that surpris- 
ed me. 

The first (and most important) 
thing I realized is that children- 
are-children-are-children, no 
matter what nationality they are, 
or what language they speak. I 

would venture to say that during 
our stay in Miraflores and 
Cocotitlan we met and spoke with 
five children to each adult that 
would speak to us. Many of the 
children had never actually seen 
an American before, much less 
Americans who walked around in 
paint-spattered jeans and tee- 
shirts, and worked like we did. 

The adults had a more difficult 
time adjusting to our presence 
and our work than the children. 

A high point of the trip for me 
was when I was talking to the 
Catholic woman who lives behind 
the Templo in Cocotitlan. We 
were discussing the differences 
between the Methodist Church 
and the Catholic Church and she 
said, "The most important thing, 
though, is Jesus Christ and His 
love." This is an amazing state- 
ment, considering that it was 

made by a member of a church 
that is almost medieval in its 
worship of the Virgin. 

It's not often that someone like 
me gets the opportunity to go and 
work for the church like I did in 
May. Five rolls of film, several 
broken fingernails, and a duf- 
flebag full of painted clothes 
later, I still can't believe that God 
was able to work through or- 
dinary me, and twenty other col- 
lege students like me, in such a 
significant way. I only wish that 
every Christian had the oppor- 
tunity to experience the love of 
God, and the universal love of 
mankind that is found in true 
Christians in all countries. That 
feeling of being hermanos en 
Cristo (brothers in Christ) is 
what Christianity is all about. I 
only ask God that He not let us 
forget it. 



JULY, 1985 


Dr. Sara Little will lead a 
seminar on adult education at the 
presbytery's August training 
event. She teaches at Union 

Ms. Marj Carpenter will lead a 
seminar on communication in the 
local church. She is director of 
the Presbyterian News Service in 

Adult Education, 
Communication Topic 
For Workshops 

The presbytery will host an 
"End-of -Summer" training event 
on August 24 and 25, to be held 
Saturday, August 24, at the First 
Presbyterian Church, Kan- 
napolis, and Sunday, August 25, 
at the First Presbyterian Church, 
Hickory. The event is to be 
repeated so that a greater 
number of people can take advan- 
tage of the seminars offered on 
Adult Education and Com- 

Dr. Sara P. Little, professor of 
Christian Education at Union 
Theological Seminary, Rich- 
mond, Virginia, will lead the 
seminar on Adult Education. She 
is the author of many books and 
articles, most recently The Role 
of the Bible in Contemporary 
Christian Education and To 
Set One's Heart: Belief and 
Teaching in the Church . 

The seminar on Communi- 
cation in the Local Church is to be 
led by Ms. Marj Carpenter, 
director of Presbyterian News 
Service of the General Assembly 
Mission Board in Atlanta for 
seven years. In this capacity she 
writes news releases for the 
media, edits This Week and 
contributes to The Presbyterian 

SurveJ' ■ A segment of the work- 
shop will explore ways to tell the 
story of our church's mission in 
other countries, drawing on Ms. 
Carpenter's recent travels to 
mission sites throughout the 

Also leading a seminar will be 
Miss Jocelyn Hill, author and 
Director of Christian Education 
for Mecklenburg Presbytery. She 
will lead a class on how to lead 

Members of the Presbytery of 
Concord who will be leading 
workshops are: Fred Coates and 
Steve McCutchan, ministers of 
congregations within the 
presbytery, John Edgerton, 
director of the Family Life 
Enrichment Center in Morgan- 
ton, and Walter Smith, Associate 
Presbyter in Christian Educa- 

The event is sponsored jointly 
by the Nurture and Communi- 
cation Committees of the 
presbytery. Cost is $6.00 per per- 
son, which includes lunch on 
Saturday, and $3.00 for those at- 
tending on Sunday. Registration 
is requested in advance through 
presbytery's office. 

Youth View Of 
PCUSA Assembly 

"I'm truly grateful that I was 
selected to represent the Presby- 
tery of Concord as its Youth Ad- 
visory Delegate to the 197th 
General Assembly," says Boyd 
Coggins of the First Presbyterian 
Church in Belmont and a student 
at Davidson College. "It was an 
enlightening experience that I 
will remember the rest of my 

Boyd was impressed with how 
well the commissioners and 
delegates who came from all over 
the country with different back- 
grounds and interests were able 
to work together on the floor of 
the Assembly to decide the policy 
stances that the Church would 
take on every issue. Overall, he 
believes that the two branches of 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) are becoming united on 
many issues. 

The hard work of the Standing 
Committees also impressed him. 

Serving on the Committee on 
Justice and Rights of Persons 
where issues such as abortion, 
civil rights and capital punish- 
ment were discussed was ex- 
citing, he says. "I was 
able to participate in the 
debates and proceedings and to 
realize that without the work of 
the committees it would be im- 
possible for the General 
Assembly to work up a com- 
prehensive stance on any policy 
"I, as other YADs, feel I have 
gained invaluable knowledge and 
experience in understanding the 
issues facing the Church today. I 
especially feel that I have been 
made aware of the tremendous 
responsibility the Church has in 
being a moral voice in the world 
for the rights and justice of all the 
people of the world. I hope that I 
can continue to learn more about 
the issues facing the Church so 
that I can help guide its decisions 
on them in the future." 

The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII, Number 7 Sally McQueen, Editor July, 1985 

Presbytery Renews Lamberth Contract 

The 53rd Stated Meeting of the 
Presbytery of Concord offered a 
three-year contract renewal as 
General Presbyter to Dr. 
Clements E. Lamberth, Jr. 
whose fourth term of service in 
that capacity ends on Aug. 15, 
1985. Following the report of the 
Personnel Committee, which 
noted the "unusual and outstan- 
ding leadership over the years of 
Dr. Lamberth's tenure in office," 
the governing body voted 
unanimously and enthusiastically 
to approve a new contract to be 
offered at the expiration of the 
present one. 

Moderator Gaston Boyle, Jr., 
retired, of Statesville presided 
over the two-day session at Lees- 
McRae College in Banner Elk, on 
June 14-15. Two hundred and 
twenty-two ministers, elders, 
Directors of Christian Education, 
and visitors were enrolled. The 
Rev. George W. (Woody) Alex- 
ander, pastor of the Centre 
Presbyterian Church, was named 

The evening worship service 
was led by Dr. Lamberth with Dr. 
Don Armitage, choirmaster of 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
Winston-Salem, at the organ. Dr. 
Lucy Rose of the faculty of Col- 
umbia Theological Seminary, 
Decatur, Georgia, preached the 
sermon, using "The Risk of Get- 
ting Involved" as her subject. 
Candidate for Ordination Keith 
Allen Uffman preached at the 
morning worship and was ap- 
proved to accept the call of the 
First Presbyterian Church, 
Gastonia, as Associate Pastor. 

Moderator Gaston Boyle Jr. 



1 Candidates Committee, 1 

3- 4 WOC Spiritual Life Retreat 
Lees-McRae College 
6 Small Church Committee, 

2 p.m. 

13 Nominating Committee, 

9:30a.m. -12 noon 
13 Committee on Ministry, 1 


Dr. Clements E. Lambert, Jr. 

A Service of Honorable Retire- 
ment was held in recognition of 
forty-one years of service given 
by Dr. Daniel D. Rhodes, retiring 
this year as professor of Religion 
and Philosophy at Davidson Col- 

The issues presentation was 
made by Mrs. Martha Baker of 
Caldwell County Hospice, 
formerly the wife of the Rev. 
James P. Barksdale, pastor of 
the North Wilkesboro 
Presbyterian Church from 1970 to 
1981. Mrs. Baker spoke on 
"Ministering to Cancer Patients 
and Their Families," sharing her 
experience in the illness and 
death of her husband, and gave 
pastoral suggestions for dealing 
with cases of terminal illness. 

Reports were heard from 
commissioners to the 1985 
General Assembly with a visual 
presentation of the new Church 
Seal and its various symbolisms. 

Discussion on the proposed 
statement of Commitment to 
Peace-making was held in small 
groups and on the floor, resulting 
in a majority vote to endorse it as 
worthy of study and adoption by 

Benevolence askings to chur- 
ches for 1986 were made with a 
minimum of 6 percent increase 
over 1985 and challenge asking of 
10 percent increase over 1985. 

Presbytery's Council has ap- 
pointed an Ad Hoc Committee to 
study the feasibility of renewing 
presbytery's involvement in the 
Men of the Church. 

Ministers Welcomed 

NEW MINISTERS CALLED: (left to right): Rev. James Arthur 
Cannon from Charleston Presbytery to the Hephzibah Presbyterian 
Church; Rev. Fred Houston Currie from Mecklenburg Presbytery to 
the Cooleemee Presbyterian Church; Rev. Randall Bulette Boggs from 
the Piedmont Presbytery to the First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, 
as Associate Pastor for Education. 

15 Outdoor Christian Minis- 
tries Committee, 4 p.m. 
24-25 Adult Education, Com- 
munication Workshops, First 
Presbyterian Church, Kan- 
napolis, First Presby- 
terian Church, Hickory 


4 Finance Committee, 3 p.m. 

5 Candidate Committee, 1 p.m. 
10 Committee on Ministry, 1 


12 Coordinating Council, 
1 p.m. 

JULY, 1985 



Bethesda Church Secretary 
Is A Gem Of A Poet 

(The following article is 
reprinted from Fayetteville 
Observer, and the article was 
written by Eve Oakley, Staff 

This is the first day of the 
month of the ruby, the rarest and, 
in large sizes, costliest of gems. 

The finest rubies come from 
Burma, the paler ones from Sri 
Lanka. And some day maybe the 
small, poor quality rubies which 
come from North Carolina will 
lead rock hounds to a storehouse 
of the gems under the clay of the 

In the meantime there are 
other gems to be mined in 
Carolina— its people— always its 
greatest resource. I find them 
everyday, which is the best part 
of my job. People like quiet- 
living, soft-spoken Martha 
McLeod, the church secretary at 
the new Bethesda Presbyterian 
Church in Aberdeen. 

A couple of weeks ago I talked 
with McLeod and Lawrence 
Johnson, an Aberdeen attorney 
and descendent of Scottish 
settlers here, about the historical 
Old Bethesda Church. When I 
visited the church, it was as I 
expected, a mystic kind of place, 
steeped in the soft serenity of an 
age that is gone yet still seems to 
live on the air itself. The 
atmosphere around the place is 
tranquil and soothing as a Gaelic 
lullaby. It harbors surprises like 
the summer wind that sprang up 
and danced a Highland fling 
among the trees shading the 
church and the cemetery that 
surrounds it. Surprises like 
Martha McLeod, who, I 
discovered on returning to my 
office in Fayetteville, is a poet. 

Now poetry, as a sage once 
said, is like prostitution. It's been 
virtually ruined by amateurs. 

But when I turned over the 
program given to me by Johnson 
of last year's annual 
Homecoming at Old Bethesda 
Church, I found a gem. It was 
written by McLeod, who's as 
Scottish as her family's red-yel- 
low-black tartan pictured with 
lavender thistle on her office 
wall. Her family was in Bethesda 
Church before the first service 
was held under a brush arbor in 
1788. One of her great, great 
grandfathers, the Reverend 
Murdock McMillan, preached at 
Bethesda before the old church 
was built. 

McLeod's love and pride in her 
heritage is not something she 

advertises. She is not one to put 
herself forward. But it finds 
expression in her poetry : 


After Culloden 

They left their loved Scotland. 
Stained was the heather 
With blood of their brothers. 

Over the waters 
They came to pine barrens- 
Awesome, Majestic, 
And haunting their music. 

Offered their praises 
With Gaelic and Psalter- 
Tongues of the angels 
On Helicon's mountain. 

Conquered the barrens 
And slashed them for rosin; 
Found her heart timbers 
And built for the ages. 

Plank roads and railroads - 
With industry rising, 
Highways and airways 
And centuries passing. 

Children of fathers 

Who found this loved country, 

Cover with healing 

Her scars of division. 

Cherish her glory 
And trust her new freedom ; 
Search for her vision 
That wakens tomorrow. 

— Martha McLeod 
I went to Aberdeen searching 
for a story and found pearls 
there. (Editor's Note: Ms. 
McLeod served as former 
Moderator of Fayetteville 
Presbytery. ) 

Men Of The 
Church News 

Fifty people from Fayetteville 
Presbytery attended the 1985 
Synod Men's Conference at Lees- 
McRae College, Banner Elk, Nor- 
th Carolina. 

Ray Griffin from First Church, 
Lumberton, was installed as 
President of Men of the Church 
for the coming year. Jim Ross 
from Summerville Church, 
Lillington, was installed as Pro- 
gram Chairman. 

"Be A Witness For Christ" was 
the theme for this year's con- 

The Fall Rally of Men of the 
Church will be held at Camp 
Monroe on Sunday, Sept. 22. 

Calendar Of Events 

(All meetings scheduled at the Presbytery Center in Fayetteville unless 
otherwise noted. ) 

16 2p.m 

Camp Programming sub-committee and Camp Monroe 
Board of Directors— Camp Monroe 
18 12 noon— Committee on Ministry 
22 12 noon— Hunger Committee 
29 7 p.m.— Review and Evaluation Committee 


5 10a.m.— Staff meeting 

6 p.m.— Division of Outreach 

10 a.m. —WOC Council 

6:30 p.m.— Presbytery Council and Division of Stewardship and 

12 noon— Luncheon for retired clergy and spouses 
6 p.m.— Division of Education 

1 p.m.— Committee on Nominations 
PRESBYTERY SCHOOL at FTI in Fayetteville 

2 p.m.— Division Chairs 
PNCL of Committee on Ministry 

5 p.m.— Division of Church Development and Redevelopment 
1 p.m.— Trustees— Fayetteville Presbytery Foundation 


The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Mickey dePrater, Editor 

July, 1985 

Presbytery School For All 
Churches Set For August 24 

Fayetteville Presbytery will 
sponsor an exciting educational 
event for all our churches on 
August 24, 1985. The Division of 
Education for Fayetteville 
Presbytery will serve as this 
year's facilitators, and this 

division is responsible for 
providing this year's leadership 
for Presbytery School. The event 
will begin at 8:30 A.M. with 
worship and the event will 
include both a morning session as 
well as an afternoon session. All 

Presbytery School Staff 

Below is a list of all classes that will be offered in this year's Presby- 
tery School and beside the class, the instructor's name is listed. 

Career and Counseling The Reverend Dr. Richard Morgan 

Preschool Sunday School Ms. JoAnn P. Anderton 

Elementary Sunday School Ms. Jane Skelley 

Youth Sunday School Paul E. Osborne 

Sunday School Superintendents The Reverend Dr. Robert Poteet 

Adult Sunday School The Reverend J. Samuel Hobson, Jr. 

Youth Fellowship The Reverend Louis Andrews, III 

Evangelism The Reverend Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson 

Clerks Ms. Julia Strawn 

Property N.H. Person 

Treasurers Ms. Kathy Kniphfer and Mr. Robert G. Ray 

Hospital Visitation and Crisis Intervention 

. The Reverend Harvey Joyner and The Reverend Dr. John Mackey, Sr. 

Hunger Ms. Jane Robinette 

Music Ms. Loretta Gordon James 

Women of the Church The Reverend Dr. Katherine Achtemeier 

Scenes From Camp Monroe 

The summer camping season is well underway at Camp Monroe. 
Campers began the camping season several weeks ago under the able 
leadership of Deborah and Dan McEachran. 

Resident Camps are in progress during the entire month of July with 
activities that include swimming, Bible study, crafts, caroe trips, and 
good eating ! 



classes will be held at the 
Fayetteville Technical Institute, 
2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, 
North Carolina. 

The total cost to attend 
Presbytery School is $6.00 per 
person and that cost includes a 
noon lunch. Brochures will go out 
to all local churches. Please 
contact your minister about this 
information so that your 
registration can be processed by 
the August 10 deadline. Should 
you need more information on 
Presbytery School, please 
contact the following: 
Fayetteville Presbytery 
339 Devers Street— P.O. Box 

Fayetteville, North Carolina 
Phone 1-919-484-6106 

Center News 

If you are like most of us in the 
church, soon you will ask, 
"Where did the summer go?" It 
is true that time seems to fly by, 
whether we are prepared or not 
prepared. In order for us all to be 
prepared, there are many 
resources available here in the 
Resource Center. Below are 
listed several resources that may 
be helpful as you continue to plan 
your church program. 

Leisure Time 

Ventures in Leisure-Time, 
Christian Education by Norma E. 

Christian education 

Living the Bible With Children 
by Dorothy Jean Furnish. (This 
resource will be used in 
Presbytery School. ) 

Straight Talk About Teaching 
in Today's Church by Locke E. 
Bowman, Jr. 

Ministries With Children In 
Small Churches by Pauline 
Palmer Meek. 

To Set One's Heart (Belief and 
Teaching in the Church) by Sara 

Translating the Good News 
Through Teaching Activities by 
Donald Griggs. 

Developing Christian 
Education in the Smaller Church 
by Carolyn C. Brown. (This 
resource will be used in 
Presbytery School.) 

Youth Ministry. 

Youth Ministry (the new team 
approach) by Ginny Ward 


Claimed By God's Grace— 16 
mm film on stewardship — 
excellent resource for the 
promotion of the '85-'86 
Stewardship Program. 


VHS with the title, "Winds of 
Change" (Length: 46 minutes) 

The Promised Land (FS and 

Sample copies of the Fall, 1985, 
curriculum are available for use 
in the Resource Center. Samples 
remain in the Resource Center. 
Individual churches may order 
directly from Materials 
Distribution Service 



JULY, 1985 

Unique Mecklenburg Stone 
Sent To Japanese Church 

"Leopardite," a stone unique to 
Mecklenburg County, will help to 
make up a mosaic on a church 
wall in Japan. 

The Presbyterian Peace- 
making Program has joined with . 
the Outreach Foundation in 
working with the Reformed 
Church of Japan to build the 
Prince of Peace Church in 
Hiroshima, Japan. 

On one of the walls of the 
church there will be a mosaic of a 
dove, and each presbytery in the 
U.S. has been asked to contribute 
a stone. 

The Peace Task Force of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery is 

sending a piece of Leopardite, 
which is a white stone with black 
spots, resembling the skin of a 

Mecklenburg County is the only 
place in the world that this, the 
most unusual of all spotted rocks, 
is found. As early as 1906 it was 
referred to as the "Leopard Stone 
of Charlotte, N.C." 

The Presbytery thanks the 
Charlotte Gem and Mineral Club 
for their help, and the 
contribution of this piece of rock. 

The stone is sent with the 
prayer that nuclear weapons will 
never be used again. 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor July, 1985 

Richard Ernest Burnett 

Robert Palmer Trice, II 

Presbytery Receives Two 
Candidates Under Care 

Two candidates were received under care by Mecklenburg Presby- 
tery at its May meeting. 

Richard Ernest Burnett, Williams Memorial Church, is an upcoming 
student at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Robert Palmer Trice, II, Forest Hill Church, is a student at Fuller 
Theological Seminary. 

Spring, Fall 
Youth Events 
Are Planned 

Youth groups should mark 
their calendars now for these 
events coming up in the fall 
and next spring. 

March 2, 1986 

Going to High School 
This event will address the 
questions that students have 
when they make the big 
change from junior high to 
senior high school. 

November 17, 1985 
Worship Workshop 

Ernie Johnson of Atlanta will 
lead this event, which will 
provide a chance for senior 
highs to learn what worship is, 
to help design a creative 
worship service and to share 
the "creations" in worship. 

April 4-6, 1986 
Montreat Retreat 

Youth Fund Special Camp 

Thanks to a large dose of help 
and caring from the youth group 
of Selwyn Avenue Church, 
hospital pediatric professionals, 
parents, and nurses and doctors, 
a group of special children went 
to camp this summer. 

The twenty youngsters 
gathered June 1 at Camp 
Thunderbird on Lake Wylie for 
Charlotte's first camp for 
children with cancer. 

"When they go back to school 
next fall . . . they can say 'I went 
to summer camp' and not 'I went 
to the hospital five times,'" said 
camp director Judy Grubbs. 

"There are more than fifty 
camps like this in the country, 
and we wanted to see one in 
Charlotte," added Mrs. Grubbs, 
an instructor at Presbyterian 
Hospital's nursing school and a 
Covenant Church elder. 

Staffed by nurses and doctors 
familiar with the needs of 
children with cancer, the camp 
offered the usual outdoor 
activities such as basketball, 
fishing and canoeing. 

It was named Camp Care, 
which Mrs. Grubbs said is an 
acronym for "Cancer Ain't 
Really the End." 

The idea began last fall when 
Linda Sawyer, a Covenant 
Church member who is a 
CanCare volunteer, gathered 
together a group of parents, 
nurses and doctors who work 
with the children. At the heart of 
the effort was the belief that 

despite their disease, the young 
patients are first of all children 
who should have the chance to 
participate in the normal 
experiences of childhood. 

The site, Camp Thunderbird, is 
operated by Mecklenburg's 
YMCA and is about thirteen 
miles south of Charlotte. The 
Selwyn Avenue youth group 
raised $3700 this year to support 
the camp. The nursing school 
donated a bus and gasoline for 

the two-day event. 

Next year, sponsors hope to 
expand the camp to a full week 
with overnight stays. Both 
parents and children are 
interested in the extended-stay 

The camp was offered to 
youngsters ages 6 to 16. Some of 
the participants are still 
receiving therapy; others had 
finished it. Brothers and sisters 
were invited to join them. 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


30 3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

31 2:00 p.m. —Nominating Committee 


1 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

6 4:00p.m.— Planning 

7 10:00a.m.— WOCCouncil 

2:00 p.m.— Nominating Committee 

8 7:30 p.m.— Women's Concerns 

14 2:00 p.m.— Nominating Committee 

17 9 a.m. -4 p.m.— Caldwell Memorial Group 

20 3:00p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

21 2:00 p.m.— Nominating Committee 
28 2:00 p.m.— Budget & Finance 

2:00 p.m.— Nominating Committee 


3 4:00 p.m.— Planning Committee 
5 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

WCC Document Is 
October Event Topic 

The Baptism, Eucharist and 
Ministry document adopted by 
the World Council of Churches 
Sixth Assembly in Vancouver will 
be the subject of an October event 
for church professionals and 
sessional representatives from 

Dr. Robert Paul will be the 
principal leader for the event, 
which will be held on October 29 
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

A native of England, he is 
professor of Ecclesiastical 
History and Christian Thought at 
Austin Theological Seminary. He 
was a member of the committee 

who formulated the document. 

Resulting implications for 
ministry will be discussed in 
groups led by ministers, 
educators and other lay persons 
in the Presbytery. 

Location of the event and other 
details will be announced later. 

The event is sponsored by the 
Christian Education Committee 
of Presbytery. 

The ad hoc task force working 
on the event includes Ken 
Woodard, chairperson; Gerry 
Jones, Joel Long, Jean Love, Ida 
McCaskill, and Jocelyn Hill. 

Ready For Company? 
Visitation Teams Coming 

At its May meeting 
Mecklenburg Presbytery 
approved a plan for holding 
mission consultations this fall in 
the hope of developing closer 
relationships and improving lines 
of communication between the 
Presbytery leadership and its 

The consultations will take the 
form of cluster meetings with 
ministers, followed by visitation 
of all 88 sessions by trained 
visitation teams. 

It is also hoped these 
conversations will help the 
Presbytery to shape a mission 
statement that will give the 
governing body directions for its 
life and mission in the next 

The impetus for this plan came 
out of a study which the Council 
of Presbytery asked its 
Stewardship Committee to make. 
The study was one of the overall 

needs of the Presbytery as well 
as of the denomination. 

The task force carrying out this 
ambitious plan is composed of 
chairpersons of several of the 
major program committees of 
the Presbytery, all of whom are 
cooperating in what they believe 
to be an exciting prospect for the 
revitalization of Mecklenburg 

A consultant is being employed 
to see the process through to 
completion, to facilitate the 
training of the visitation team 
members, and to monitor the 
data compiled by the visitation 

Sessions and ministers have 
been alerted to be ready to 
participate in this major 
visitation plan, which is seeking to 
take seriously two key principles 
prominent in the formation of the 
reunited church— consultation 
and partnership. 

New And Not Quite New 
Summer Options Available 

The following summer options 
— some new, and some not quite 
new — are available at the 
Resource Center. 

—Children's story book on 
economic justice: A Penny A 
Day, by Norma Koenig (Doing 
the World) 

—Adult study guide on 
economic justice, a Doing the 
Word resource by Jocelyn Hill, 
including intergenerational 
learning and retreat designs 

—New program resource 
material for youth: Resource 
Book I, by Carol LaHurd, Parish 
Life Press 

—Resources for Summer Cele- 
brations/Vacation Church 
School/Day Camps, by Boyd 
Lien, 2 resource guides 

—One-shot Sunday studies for 
adults, short and usable: Six Big 
Words In The Bible, by Judith 
Gotwald, Parish Life Press 

—Six short studies for youth or' 
adults: Great Moments in Church 
History, by Helmut T. Lehmann. 
Parish Life Press, including a 

—A short study book about the 
ministry of our work life: All in a 
Day's Work, by Norma Everist 
and Mary Whitten, Parish Life 

—Sing to God: Songs and 
Hymns for Christian Education, 
published for Christian 
Education: Shared Approaches. 

—Despair and Personal Power 
in the Nuclear Age, by Joanna 
Rogers Macy, a book for study 
and workshops described by 
Rollo May as "the bravest book I 
have read since Jonathan 
Schell's Fate of the Earth" 

A new filmstrip/tape produced 
by the Department of Mission for 
the Church of the Province of 
South Africa and the South 
African Council of Churches, The 
Promised Land, viewing time 24 
minutes, discussion guide ... a 
rare picture of what it means to 
people to live under apartheid 

—A reminder of the video tape 
series on parenting, tapes and 
equipment available from the 
Center, an excellent resource for 
adults, 1 to 8 sessions 

JULY, 1985 



A Church Redevelopment Plan 

The Rev. Z. Holler and the Rev. Frank Dew. 

What Do You Do? 

•when most of the members of a 
church with a great history of 
service to its surrounding com- 
munity have moved to the sub- 

•when the thoroughfare that used 
to be the church's life line to 
those suburbs has been 
closed and suburban churches 
built, leaving this older church 
locked into a neighborhood with 
which it has mostly lost touch? 

•when efforts of the church to 
reach out to the increasingly 
transient, secular, and youthful 
population around it produce 
meager, discouraging results? 

•when, in spite of the church's 
welcoming attitude toward 
visitors, the very difference in 
style of life and worship between 
it and those neighbors who visit 
it has proved a stumbling block 
to their full participation in its 

•when the church's membership 

losses in recent years have left 
it with an aging constituency 
(median age of 65 plus) and 
few youthful families or 
•when the predominantly older 
members who remain are, not- 
withstanding the problems 
mentioned above, still funda- 
mentally hopeful for the 
future of their church and its 
mission in its present 

In an effort to answer these 
questions, Orange Presbytery's 
Church Development Section has 
collaborated with Greensboro's 
Church of the Covenant in 
developing a plan whereby a new 
Presbyterian congregation will 
be organized at the Church of the 
Covenant — a congregation whose 
style of life and worship will be 
related from the beginning to its 
setting and to the needs of its 
neighboring population. 

The idea is to provide for the 
creation of "new wineskins" for 

Stewardship Chairpersons, Pastors, Church Officers 
October 1 First Church, Greensboro 7 : 30 p. m . 

October 8 First Church, Burlington 7:30 p.m. 

October 15 Off ice of Presbytery 7:30 p.m. 


*October29 First Church, Raleigh 7:30p.m. 

Guest speakers— Dr. Fred Stair and Mr. Terry Young of the 
Presbyterian Foundation. 

Sponsored by the Orange Presbytery Foundation, Inc. 

Learn How The Local Church Will Benefit! 
•Change Of Date 

Hunger Committee Plans 

As Orange Presbytery entered 
the last two years of its com- 
mitment to support the Christian 
Health Center in Mbujimayi, 
members of the Presbytery 
Hunger Committee began to plan 
for 1985 and beyond. Work groups 
have been established to review 
what has been accomplished and 
to plan for the future. 

CLYDE COOK, Greensboro 
First, is leader of the group 
planning for fulfilling our com- 
mitment to the Mbujimayi health 
center. The original plan for the 
relationship of the presbytery 
and the Community of 
Presbyterians in Zaire in 
establishing the Christian Health 
Center included the involvement 
of Zairian Presbyterians in the 
planning and operation of the 
center with the goal of self- 
sufficiency. This continues to be a 
goal and the work group will seek 
to identify those parts of the 
program that may need 
continued assistance after the 
present commitment is 
completed. A new video 
production, "Africa— A Continent 
of Possibilities" is available for 
use by the churches, and com- 
mittee members are available to 
present information about our 
work in Mbujimayi. 

1986 and Beyond. DR. 

Raleigh Church, leads the second 
work group exploring 
presbytery's response to a 
hungry world. This committee is 
exploring opportunities for 
partnership in mission with 
Presbyterian communities 
around the world and will 
propose to presbytery new ways 
that we can respond to these 

Domestic Hunger Issues, 
Education and Promotion. This 
third work group is chaired by 
Starmount Church, Greensboro. 
This group awards grants of 
presbytery's hunger fund monies 
for domestic hunger projects. 
Grants are made in March and 
October. Application forms and 
criteria are being developed and 
in late summer, invitations for 
grant proposals will be mailed to 
churches in presbytery. 

Individuals or churches 
wishing assistance in planning 
their response to world hunger 
and the opportunities offered 
through the Presbytery Hunger 
Program should contact JIM 
VOLKWIJN at the presbytery 
office or LIB McPHERSON, 
chairperson, Bx. 386 Yancey ville, 
N.C. 27379. 

Trip OvRnfyp Pi 

Bob Poteet, Editor 

July, 1985 

Church — 

the "new wine" of the Gospel as it 
fills the lives of a new generation 
of believers whose circumstances 
and style are vastly different 
from those of the earlier 
generation who served at this 
location (alongside UNC- 
Greensboro). You might liken the 
present church's role in the 
process to that of old Simeon as 
he welcomed the infant Messiah 
to the temple: cradling the baby 
in his arms, blessing and 
encouraging this Bearer of his 
people's hope for the future. 

This sort of "new church 
development" is necessarily 
experimental because no one (so 
far as we know) has done it just 
this way before; also because it 
will require a strong 
commitment and willingness to 
risk on the part of the members of 
the new congregation and the 
old; and finally, because the 
youthful, unconventional, 
university-oriented urban 
neighborhood around the church 
is not typical of the 
neighborhoods where new 
Presbyterian churches usually 

But then look at its advantages. 

This approach allows for 
•preservation of the present 
congregation's identity, officer 
structure and programs as it 
works for the future of its 

•autonomous development of the 
worship, nurture, and mission of 
the new congregation with its 
own officers and structure; 

•mutual enrichment through the 
sharing of the distinctive 
programs of each congregation; 

•reduction of the costs of staff 
leadership and facilities through 
sharing of costs in proportion 
to each congregation's changing 
needs and resources ; 

•freedom for the new congrega- 
tion to develop its life and mis- 
sion without the crushing 
burden of buying prope r ty and 
erecting buildings ; 

•openness to future possibilities 
such as eventual merger of the 
old and the new, a continuing 
cooperative relationship, or 
whatever else the Lord may 

To begin to implement the plan, 
the Rev. Frank Dew has been 
called to serve in the role of 
Minister to the Community for 
the Church of the Covenant and 
Organizing Pastor for the "new 
church." This dual relationship 
enables him to develop ties with 
individuals, institutions and 
groups in the neighborhood that 
will facilitate the community 
ministries and outreach of both 

What this all amounts to is a 
joint mission redevelopment 
strategy involving presbytery 
with a church that lost its 
relationship to its neighborhood 
through urban change but whose 
location, facilities, and neighbors 
offer Presbyterians an excellent 
opportunity for Christian mission 
and evangelism that should by all 
means be developed for the 

If you are interested in more 
information, write to the Presby- 
terian Church of the Covenant, 
Bo:, 5507, Greensboro, N.C. 27403, 
Attention: Z. Holler or Frank 

Capital Funds 
Campaign News 

Many different types of 
resources, including the staff 
services of both Joyce Bauer and 
Bill Pleasants, are available to 
local churches beginning their 
Orange-Aid Campaign. When the 
committee is organized, staff is 
available upon request to the 
Presbytery Office to meet with 
the group and assist them in the 
actual campaign in their church. 
The campaign should possibly 
take place within a 5-6 weeks 
period, include a leadership gift 
phase, and then give every 
member of the congregation an 
opportunity to participate in the 
campaign. During the campaign 
other resources are available 
such as speakers on any of the six 
causes in the campaign; bulletin 
inserts printed by the Presbytery 
Office; campaign brochures; 
pledge cards and sets of posters 
to be used during the campaign. 
All of these are available for the 

Each church will be receiving a 
Resource list and a Guideline for 
the Campaign. Please fill out the 
Resource List and return as soon 
as possible in order for us to fill 
the needs of your local church 

Many churches have 
completed their campaigns at 
this time and yet there is still 
work to be done to reach our goal. 
We encourage individuals to seek 
prayer and guidance regarding 
their commitment to the 

campaign. Also we ask that 
churches that have not yet begun 
their campaign to make use of 
the Resources provided by 
Orange Presbytery. 

Young Michael 
McNeely Pledges 
To Orange- Aid 

Orange-Aid is for All Ages— so 
says Michael McNeely, 
McLeansville, N.C, an 11 year old 
of the Bethel Presbyterian 
Church. In response to a 
children's sermon citing the 
needs of Orange Presbytery 
included in the Orange-Aid 
Campaign, preached by the 
Reverend Paul Woodall, Michael 
signed a pledge card to give 25« 
monthly to Orange-Aid. Since 
Michael will be moving from this 
community, he sent the following 
letter : 

Dear Ms. Joyce P. Bauer, 

My family and I will be moving 
to Union County. I am not sure 
where in Union County but will let 
you know. Please keep sending 
these notices so I can give to 
Orange Aid. 

Michael McNeely 

First Presbyterian Church Sept. 21, 1985 
Burlington 9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 

The complete brochure for this first annual leadership 
training event for persons serving in leadership positions in the 
total life of the church is now available through your church 
office listing all of the courses, times for the classes, and leader- 
ship. Ask your pastor for a copy (they were distributed at the 
April 23rd meeting of Presbytery). Extras are available at the 
presbytery office. Note: Registration begins at 8:00 A.M., 
opening worship and orientation at 9:00 and classes begin at 

Each month appearing in this column will be the listing of an 
additional group of classes being offered. You will note, there's 
something for everyone ! 


♦Accounting for Church Funds — Joyce Bauer 

•Care and Nurture of Volunteer Leaders— Mary Jean McFadyen 

•Conversations on Stewardship Education— Bruce Berry 

•Editing Church Newsletters— Bob Milks 

•Getting to Know the Book of Order— Jim Watkins 

•Handling Differences in Church Groups— Jack Mills 

•Pastor as Administrator— W. Guy Delaney 

•Skills for Effective Committees— Robert Poteet 

•Time Management for Church Professionals— Jim Watkins 

•Working With God's Leaders— Alfred Thomas 


•Communications in the Church— Robert Poteet 
•Developing Skills for Interpersonal Communication— 
Charletta Phillips 



JULY, 1985 

Lesson Eleven: August — Jesus As A Prophet: What He Said — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study 

In the Easter afternoon conversation on the Emmaus 
road, Cleopas and his companion spoke of Jesus as "a pro- 
phet mighty in deed and word" (Luke 24: 19). Last month 
we looked at some of the things Jesus did that revealed 
him to be a prophet. He heard and obeyed God's call, 
which involved his ministering to men and women, young 
people and children — to those especially on the fringes of 
life, whom others might oppress or neglect. His actions as 
a teacher, a preacher, a healer, a friend reminded his con- 
temporaries of the prophets. Now we turn to the words 
Jesus said that show him to be a prophet. 


Read Matt. 4:12-17. The command with which Jesus 
began his ministry was, "Repent, for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand" (vs. 17). He was calling for the same 
relationship with God for which Joel was asking when he 
said, "Rend your hearts, and not your garments," (Joel 
2:13), and the same covenant bonding for which Hosea 
called when he counseled, "Take with you words [of 
repentance] and return to the LORD." We do not come to 
God with arrogance, asserting, "I am the master of my 
fate." The word from Jesus and the prophets is, Come as 
the Prodigal Son came, saying "Father, I have sinned." 

Read Matt. 7:21-23. At the heart of Jesus' teaching is his 
conviction, which was also that of Hosea, of the impor- 
tance of "knowing God." Some of the most terrifying 
words Jesus uttered, for those of us who love church work, 
are found in this passage, where those who have been 
"successful" in religious activities (prophesying and 
casting out demons, yet) do not really know him — or 
rather, are not known by him. 

Jesus spoke of "the kingdom of God" (in Matthew's 
gospel usually substituting the word "heaven" for the 
sacred name of God) as needing to be put first: "You can- 
not serve two masters" (Matt. 6:24). Here he was in line 
with the pre-exilic prophets, who consistently cautioned 
against idolatry. The LORD would be worshiped above 
all, or not at all. 


Read Matt. 19:16-22. The people with whom Jesus as- 
sociated ran the gamut. There was no one social or 
political or economic group he stuck with. He looked upon 
all people as being in need of the grace of God: Zealots, 
tax collectors, "ladies of the evening," men, women, 
young people, children. And in all his dealings he put his 
finger on any barrier a person might have between 
himself or herself and God. In his encounter with the Rich 
Young Ruler, he observes that it is this lovable young 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

man's money that keeps him from realizing that quality of 
life we call "eternal" (Matt. 19:16-22). The Old Testament 
prophets, such as Amos and Micah, consistently called for 
justice to be given to all, with special care for those who 
need it most. 

Like Amos and the author of Jonah, Jesus recognized 
God as being inclusive, wanting all people in his kingdom. 
Jesus speaks of God's great banquet when many will 
come from east and west to sit with the patriarchs, while 
some of their descendants will be "thrown into outer 
darkness" (Matt. 8:12). Jesus quotes II Isaiah when he 
says, "in [God's] name will the Gentiles hope" (Matt. 

Read Matt. 12:38-42. When the scribes and Pharisees 
asked Jesus for a sign, he said, "No sign shall be given ex- 
cept the sign of the prophet Jonah" (vs. 38). He mentions 
three days and nights, as prediction of the resurrection, 
then speaks of judgment and repentance (vss. 40-41). 

Read Matt. 15:21-28. The story of Jesus and the Cana- 
anite woman is one of the most difficult in the gospels, for 
Jesus sounds here as though he is being exclusive. This is 
one incident in which we should like very much to know 
the tone of Jesus' voice and the expression on his face; for 
the woman is not offended by his words, and Jesus ends up 
healing her daughter. What Jesus said, he said with more 
than mere words. 

Read Matt. 20:1-16. In the parable of the Laborers in the 
Vineyard, Jesus reminds his hearers of what is the main 
point in the Book of Jonah: God's inclusive grace to those 
we would like to exclude. He leaves us with the searing 
question, "Do you begrudge my generosity?" "Should I 
not pity Nineveh?" {What wording would make this ques- 
tion apply to us?) 

Read Matthew 23. In this chapter Jesus sounds most like 
the prophets in their strong judgment. "Woe to you, 
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" he repeated. "They 
preach but do not practice." Words are not confirmed by 
deeds. With the prophets, Jesus here calls for "justice, 
mercy, and faith" (vs. 23). But after Jesus utters his 
caustic words he concludes with a cry that sounds as 
though it was accompanied by tears as he says, 

0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning 
those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered 
your children together as a hen gathers her 
brood under her wings, and you would not! (Matt. 23:37) 

Jesus showed that he knew the prophets and lived by 

their words. When he cast the money-changers from the 
temple (Matt. 21:12-13), he put together quotations from 
Isaiah 56 : 7 and Jeremiah 7:11 about God's house of prayer 
being made a den of robbers. 

Read Matt. 24-25. Amos spoke of the day of the LORD as 
being "darkness and not light" (Amos5:18); Joel called it 
"darkness and gloom" (Joel2:2); and Zephaniah wrote of 
"wrath, distress and anguish" (Zeph. 1:15). In Matthew 
24 Jesus reminds us of these pictures as he describes 
elements of the Fall of Jerusalem that took place in 70 AD 
and of events yet to come. His words sound out: Don't try 
to set God's clock for him, but be ready for the end at all 
times. In Jesus' story of the Last Judgment, he assures his 
hearers that final reward will come for those who show 
that they care, without any thought of being recompensed 
(Matt. 25:46). 

Jesus' distinctive method of teaching was by parable, for 
he knew that people really teach themselves. He knew, as 
Nathan did, that some people could not be reached by a 
direct frontal attack on their immorality (see II Samuel 
11-12) , so by telling stories he let them figure things out for 
themselves. By presenting stories, Jesus was following 
also the example of the author of the prophecy of Jonah. 

The Gospel of Matthew concentrates many of Jesus' 
parables in the long discourse in chapter 13. Read Mat- 
thew 13:1-52. Try to summarize in a few words the gist of 
what Jesus is saying in each of these stories. 

What Jesus said was a reflection of the householder 
mentioned in Matt. 13:53, for he truly "brought out of his 
treasure what is new and what is old." Just as God had 
done new things through the prophets, so was he doing — 
and saying — new things through Jesus. And neither the 
prophets nor Jesus scorned the old because it was old, but 
they recognized the voice of God echoing from the past. 


1. Look over the Scripture references, choosing the ones 
you consider to be most appropriate and helpful for 
discussion in your group. 

2. You may want to talk about the importance of words, 
or the relation between deeds and words. Since Jesus' ac- 
tual spoken words were in the Aramaic language, and the 
gospels were first written down in Greek, you may want to 
say a prayer of thanks to God for those who have 
translated and preserved Scripture so God may speak his 
word directly to our hearts and lives. 

3. In anticipation of next month, think of the relation bet- 
ween what Jesus did and what Jesus said, and who Jesus 
was — and is. 

Orange WOC Spiritual Retreat 

"Loyal God, Loyal People" will 
be the theme of the 1985 Orange 
Presbytery Women of the Church 
Spiritual Retreat, to be held July 
27-28 at Lees-McRae College in 
Banner Elk. Leader will be Dr. 
Cynthia Higgins, a Presbyterian 

minister and former chaplain at 
Mary Baldwin College. 

The theme centers on several 
biblical passages: I Samuel 20, II 
Samuel 23 : 13-17, and Psalm 107. 

Dr. Higgins holds a doctorate 
from Union Seminary. 

Conferences, Workshops- 

Continued From Page Four 

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Ministerial Changes 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

Stewart W. Yandle died on 
June 9. A member of 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, he was 
pastor of First Church in Monroe. 

Fred H. Currie has been re- 
ceived by Concord Presbytery 
from Mecklenburg Presbytery to 
accept the call as pastor of the 
Cooleemee Church. He had been 
without charge. 

A. Richard Bolls has been 
honorably retired by Fayetteville 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
Pocket Church in Sanford. 

J. Randolph Taylor has been 
called to the presidency of San 
Francisco Theological Seminary. 
He will retain his membership in 
Mecklenburg Presbytery, where 
he was pastor of Myers Park 
Church in Charlotte. 

Thomas W. Nance Jr. has been 
ordained by Wilmington 
Presbytery and installed as 
pastor of Baker Church and Mt. 
Olive Church, both in Mt. Olive. 

J. David Willingham has been 
ordained by Wilmington 
Presbytery and installed as 
pastor of Grove Church in 
Kenansville and Smith's Church 
in Pink Hill. 

Bible Week 

Walter H. Pilcher of Winston- 
Salem has been named associate 
chairman for the 45th annual 
interfaith National Bible Week, 
November 24-December l. 
Pilcher is president of L'eggs 
Products and a member of 
Reynolda Church. 

National Bible Week's purpose 
is to remind all Americans of the 
Bible's importance, motivate 
Bible reading and study, and 
reaffirm the founding principles 
of the United States. 

President and Mrs. Reagan are 
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Stanford Church, Mt. Olive. 

Jesse M. Parks has been 
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Presbytery. He was pastor of 
Teachey Church and of Rockfish 
Church in Wallace. 

Joseph W. Walker has been 
received by Fayetteville 
Presbytery from Memphis 
Presbytery to accept the call as 
pastor of First Church in Fayette- 

Ronald C. Crossley has been 
dismissed by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to Charleston 
Presbytery. He is president of the 
Presbyterian Home of South 

Officer Joins 

Steve Griffith has been named 
assistant director of institutional 
development at Lees-McRae 
College. He had been director of 
the annual fund and director of 
the athletic fund-raising club at 
Valdosta State College in 

Griffith said he believes he can 
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Griffith is a graduate of Berea 
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development and fund-raising 
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Valdosta State. 

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Davidson Award 

Dr. Ben L. Rose received the 
Distinguished Alumnus Award 
for 1985 from Davidson College at 
Alumni Weekend in April, and 
three men were awarded Alumni 
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Phail, a 1935 graduate; Henry S. 
Goodwin, 1930; and the late Rev. 
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Ralph C. Teasley has been 
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Ira K. Kennerly has been 
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Americans Find Praise, Criticism Of Sandinistas 


First Of Two Parts 

Two years ago, Armancio 
Perez could not read. Today, he 
reads three daily newspapers and 
studies mathematics, geography, 
biology, anatomy — and Bible. A 
lay preacher and leader of a 
Christian-based farming 
cooperative in Nicaragua, Perez 
and his new-found habit 
represent something rare: an ac- 
complishment that supporters 
and opponents of the Sandinistas 
in Nicaragua agree on. 

"Everyone agreed that there 
were three basic ac- 
complishments over the last five 
years," said the Rev. Allen Proc- 
tor of Raleigh in an interview 
following his visit to Nicaragua in 
the spring with a group of 
Americans who went to see first- 
hand how conditions are there. 
Proctor was one of five North 
Carolina Presbyterians in the 

Those accomplishments are 
agrarian reform, health care, 
and increasing literacy. 

Beyond those three points, 
however, the Americans found 
both praise and criticism of the 
Sandinistas, high hopes for the 
future — and fears that the coun- 
try's government will become 
totalitarian. Specifically, the 
group looked for evidence as to 
whether or not Nicaragua 
presently is a Marxist-Leninist 
state. In that search, the visitors 
met with government figures, 
opposition leaders, and U.S. 
diplomats; and they spent much 
time in the country-side, among 
farmers and villagers. 

Nine criteria guided the group 
in its determination on the 

The Rev. Allen Proctor with Contra shell. 

Marxist-Leninist question. Such a 
state would have solely Marxist 
ideology; elimination of privately 
held land and forced collec- 
tivization; centralized power; 
identity of state and party; 
political persecution; religious 
persecution and official atheism; 
complete control of media; com- 
plete control of weapons; and the 
export of revolution. 

In a report issued after their 
return, the Americans concluded 
that the present government does 
not meet those criteria for a 
Marxist-Leninist state. It did, 
however, criticize the San- 
dinistas for their policies in 
several of those areas. 

The Americans made these ob- 

Politics. Marxist ideology is not 
the sole theory being used; 
Christian ideals are influential. 

In the town of Achuapa, in an 
area of "Contra" activity, 
Christian lay preachers who are 
also community leaders as- 
sociated "communism" with 

An opposition leader who ran 
for president last year against 
Sandinista Daniel Ortega, Dr. 
Virgilio Godoy, believes the elec- 
tions were not fair, because the 
opposition, though given equal 
media time, was not given the 
best times and locations. Proctor 
said. Opposition parties, 
however, were free to campaign, 
he added. 

Seven parties took part in the 
election, the report noted, in- 
cluding four more conservative 
than the Sandinistas. 

The states into which the coun- 
try is divided are being further 
subdivided now to bring gover- 

nment closer to the local level, 
the report noted. 

"The major criticism, and the 
one which I would say is poten- 
tially dangerous in the future if 
we continue to fight a war with 
Nicaragua, is the identification 
between Nicaragua and the San- 
dinista party," Proctor said. The 
flags of state and party fly side by 
side at political functions, he 
said, and the hymns of both were 
sung at a meeting the Americans 

Economics. Following their 
takeover, the Sandinistas 
nationalized banks, import/ex- 
port businesses, and land and 
businesses owned by the Somoza 
family that ruled the country for 
decades and by officials in the 
National Guard. Other 
businesses are still privately 

Sixty percent of the land is 
privately owned, Proctor said. 
There are state-run farms ; there 
are also Christian-based 
cooperatives, which own their 
own land. 

A businessman he spoke with 
objected to the Sandinistas' 
economic policies because he 
said "production was down, and 
the Sandinistas' way of running 
the economy had not helped the 
economy but hurt it, and it had 
hurt him as a business man," 
Proctor said. 

People in the upper class were 
not as well off as before the 
revolution, Proctor said, while 
the poor were better off. 

Proctor said there was grum- 
bling about shortages. The 
government blames them on the 
war with the Contras; the op- 
position blames them on 

N.C. Missionary Reports 
Christianity Thriving 

The Christian community in 
Nicaragua is "very strong," the 
Rev. James Hornsby wrote in a 
letter to Asheville Presbytery 
this spring. A member of the 
presbytery and former Presby- 
terian campus minister at 
Western Carolina University and 
pastor of Cullowhee Church, 
Hornsby and his wife, Sarah, are 
working in the Nicaragua 
Habiyat Project, building houses 
for the poor there. 

The government of Nicaragua 
gives out thousands of Bibles, 
Hornsby wrote, and Christian 
radio stations broadcast day and 

night. Catholics and evangelicals 
cooperate in many ways, he ad- 

"We are most distressed about 
lies concerning CEPAD, a fine 
evangelical relief organization," 
Hornsby wrote. He and his wife 
work closely with the 
organization and have worship- 
ped many times at the Baptist 
Church in Managua where Dr. 
Gustavo Parahon, founder of 
CEPAD, is pastor. 

Parahon's wife is from Hen- 
dersbnville, Hornsby wrote. 

The Hornsbys are living in El 
Viezo, Nicaragua. 

In Retirement, The Albemarle Offers Community 

Ruth Ballard knows what it's 
like to lie helpless after a heart 
attack in your home, unable to 
get to a telephone. 

She also knows the difference 
between coming home from open- 
heart surgery to an empty house 
and coming home to a place 
where people call regularly to 
check on you and meals are 
brought to your rooms. For her, 
that place is The Albemarle, a 
retirement community in Tar- 
boro started by Presbyterians. 

Nearly thirty thousand people 

over age 65 moved into North 
Carolina during the late 70's to 
retire. As town administrator for 
Tarboro in the mid '70's, Ruth 
Ballard saw the demographic 
projections for the near future. 

"She got up in church one Sun- 
day and plopped some money 
down on the pulpit and basically 
dared the church to explore the 
feasibility of doing one of these 
things," said John Ramsay, who 
heads marketing efforts for The 

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and the "thing" that resulted is 
one of a handful of continuing- 
care retirement communities in 
North Carolina. "Continuing 
care" means full-fledged health- 
care facilities, including beds, on 
the premises. 

The Albemarle has its share of 
incoming retirees, some from as 
far away as California or New 
England. Still, not everyone will 
move a thousand miles to retire. 
Many people will not leave their 
homes. Any retirement com- 
munity must demonstrate an ad- 
vantage in leaving the house a 
person may have lived in for over 
half a century. 

"I moved six blocks," Miss 
Ballard said in an interview, "but 
anybody that moves in here goes 
through a certain psychological 
readjustment. You're changing 
living habits; you are leaving 
behind the responsibilities of a 
home: cutting the grass, seeing 
to maintenance, paying taxes." 

After three break-ins, her 
house had bars across its win- 

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23 Orange Presbytery 
24-25 Synod's Council, Lees- 
McRae College, 
Banner Elk 


14-16 General Assembly 
Council, Montreat 


To someorfe walking into The 
Albemarle, it resembles a fine 
hotel: oriental rugs on hard-wood 
floors, furniture custom-built to 
the 18th-century decor, antiques. 
The dining room furthers the ef- 
fect: linen tableclothes and 
napkins, fine china and silver- 
ware, tables for four. 

Waitresses recite varied 
menus. A typical dinner included 
choice of several appetizers, 
salads, side dishes, and desserts, 
and five entrees: sauteed lemon 
flounder, chicken breast Mar- 
shall, piccata milanaise, cottage 
cheese, and omelet. 

Residency conjures up a dif- 
ference context. There are bridge 
games, a literary guild, aerobics. 
In the auditorium, there are 
movies, concerts, lectures. The 
lounge, complete with fireplace 
and grand piano, hosts a social 
hour before dinner and sing- 
alongs in the evening. 

"It's just like when you go 
away to college," Miss Ballard 
said. "You get sort of homesick 
when you move in here, even if 
you move six blocks. But the first 

time you leave, you can't wait to 
come back. 

"And we say, 'Well, were you 
glad to get back?' 'I've never 
been so glad to get home in my 

An expression among residents 
refers to "my Albemarle 
family," she said. 

The comfortable apartments 
include kitchens, but many 
residents prefer to eat all their 
meals in the dining room. Its 
presence and regular 
housekeeping and maintenance 
by The Albemarle's staff free 
residents from former chores; 
some are more active now than 
they were before retirement, 
Miss Ballard said. 

Continuing-care retirement 
communities like The Albemarle 
reflect a growing concern with 
how old age will be spent. "As 
opposed to a place where you go 
and die," said John Ramsay, 
"these are places where you go 
and live." 

This is the first in a series of ar- 
ticles on Presbyterian-related 
retirement homes in North 

The Presbyterian News 




AUGUST, 1985 


N.C. Presbytery Lines, Names Likely To Change 

North Carolina's presbytery 
boundaries will probably be 
redrawn as a result of formation 
of the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), the moderator of the 
Synod's boundaries committee 
told Synod's Council at its sum- 
mer meeting, July 24-25 at Lees- 
McRae College. 

The Rev. Earle Roberts said he 
believes that "we'll end up with 
all new presbytery names and all 
new presbytery boundaries." His 
committee is negotiating with 
similar groups from the Synods 

of the Virginias and the Pied- 

Roberts also said there had 
been significant progress in 
discussions between presbytery 
representatives involved in the 
talks during the past year. The 
meetings during that time have 
concentrated on the represen- 
tatives' getting better acquainted 
and agreeing on general prin- 
ciples on representation, struc- 
ture, and the maintenance of 
programs before taking up the 
actual negotiation over boun- 

Embassy Vigil Set 
For September 9 

A group of North Carolina 
Presbyterians will go to 
Washington, D.C., on September 
9 to take part in a peaceful vigil at 
the South African embassy, pro- 
testing that country's apartheid 
system. The Synod endorsed the 
vigil at its annual meeting in Lyn- 
chburg, May 30-June 1; the en- 
dorsement, means that par- 
ticipants will be identified as 
Presbyterians from the Synod of 
North Carolina. 

People from the Synod will 
travel at their own expense by 
car and, in a couple of cases, by 
rented vans and bus. 

During the vigil, the par- 
ticipants will march in a con- 
tinuous circle, a spokesman for 
organizers said, and speakers 
will address the crowd. At one 
point late in the afternoon, some 
volunteers are expected to 
demonstrate peacefully within 
500 feet of the embassy, leading 
to their arrest. The others will re- 
main beyond that point. 

At the summer meeting of 
Synod's Council, the moderator 

of the Synod's Ministry Group on 
Church and Society, Mary Hayes 
Holmes of Pittsboro, spoke of the 
reasoning behind the vigil. Her 
committee proposed it, . 

"People say why don't we 
speak out on Afghanistan?" she 
said. "The Soviets are atheists; 
they don't have any Christian 

"But South Africa's leaders say 
they're Christian and that they're 
Reformed." Her committee has 
emphasized that the leading 
church among South African 
whites is a Reformed 
church whose polity resembles 
the Presbyterian Church's, she 

"We can speak to them as 
Christians and also on the basis of 
our experience with black-white 

"We're fellow Christians show- 
ing our concern." 

Mrs. Holmes told the Council 
that many people were angry 
about the Synod's passing the en- 
dorsement, and she said 
Presbyterians need to talk about 


The committees are ready to 
start that negotiation soon, 
Roberts told the Council, and he 
said there is some talk now of 
proposing new boundaries in 

"I'm not sure that's realistic," 
he said, "but talk of that soon 
represents a real change." He 
later said, "The mood of par- 
ticipants is so significantly dif- 
ferent from a year ago that I'm 

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the issue with one another and not 
be judgmental. 

"It's not a political statement 
but rather a statement of what we 
think God expects us to do," she 

Council moderator Robert 
Clark of Ahoskie told the group, 
"I think this was an historic deci- 
sion for our Synod to make. It 
gave me hope for our church. 

"I walked away from that 
meeting saying I was proud to be 

Participants in the vigil will 
meet at the Church of the 
Pilgrims in Washington, a 
Presbyterian Church, at 1:00 

Continued On Page Twelve 

Group Recommends General 
Assembly Abolish Synods 


Synods in the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) should be 
abolished and replaced by 
regional units that would link 
presbyteries to the General 
Assembly, the General Assembly 
Council's mission-design commit- 
tee has recommended to the 
Council. The committee 
presented a progress report on its 
work to the August 15 meeting of 
the Council; the report contains 
the recommendation on synods, 
which the committee is for- 

The General Assembly Council 
met in Montreat, its first meeting 
in North Carolina. It has been 
meeting throughout the country. 

A full report with the commit- 
tee's final recommendation will 
be made to the Council's October 

meeting. Meanwhile, the sugges- 
tion about synods is sure to 
arouse controversy. 

"There were obviously mixed 
feelings in the GAC regarding 
both the concept and the question 
of its presentation," said Synod 
Executive John D. MacLeod Jr., 
who attended the meeting as an 
observer. "There was some feel- 
ing that the mission-design com- 
mittee had exceeded its mandate 
in raising the issue." 

Indeed, a motion was made to 
separate the question of 
governing-body relationships 
from the question of designing 
mission, MacLeod said. Since the 
committee's report was one of 
ongoing work, the Council 
delayed considering the motion 
until its meeting in October, he 

Under the proposal, MacLeod 

aid, the regional offices would 
be accountable to the General 
Assembly Council. "In essence, it 
looks as if they would be field of- 
fices for the General Assembly." 

The progress report does cau- 
tion that its proposals are ten- 
tative, intended to provoke dis- 
cussion. The proposals on 
regional units taken together 
with other proposals in the report 
would seem to lead toward mak- 
ing the General Assembly Coun- 
cil the one central, powerful body 
in the church. 

For example, the report pro- 
poses making the Council respon- 
sible for virtually all planning, 
budgeting, setting of priorities, 
and coordination of program on 
the Assembly level. Units of the 
Council would carry out the 

Continued On Page Eleven 

the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), North Carolina has un- 
til 1993 to work out its boundaries, 
and that deadline could be exten- 
ded until 1998 if necessary. 

With progress on presbytery 
negotiations, the committees 
from the three synods are 
preparing to begin discussing 
synod boundaries again, Roberts 
said. Those discussions had been 
halted previously in order to con- 
centrate on presbytery 

Roberts said that the earlier 

talks included three possible op- 
tions: forming one large synod 
from the current three; two 
synods, North Carolina as one 
and everything else as the other; 
or three synods, North Carolina 
as one, Virginia and West 
Virginia as another, and 
Delaware, Maryland, and the 
District of Columbia as the third. 

Few people were enthusiastic 
about the third option, he said, so 
future talks will probably center 
on the other two. 

Proposed Change 
In Retirement 
Homes Referred 

A proposed change in the struc- 
ture of the new Synod 
organization of homes for the 
elderly to allow other 
Presbyterian-related homes to 
affiliate with it but without its 
overall control has been referred 
to that new organization, the 
Board of Governors of The 
Presbyterian Homes. Synod's 
Council referred the requested 
change, from Mecklenburg 
Presbytery, to the board to 
consider. The Council met at 
Lees-McRae College in Banner 
Elk, July 24-25. 

Synod Executive John D. 
MacLeod Jr. told the Council, 
"My guess is that the Board of 
Governors will react that one 
year is too early to make 

Organized in 1984. the board 
has final authority over the 
Presbyterian Home in High Point 
and planned Homes in Raleigh 
and Laurinburg, and it will coor- 
dinate policies among them, 
though each will have its own 
board of trustees. 

Original plans called for a 
retirement home being developed 
in Davidson to fit into that struc- 
ture; legal problems, however, 
prevented its inclusion, because 
of the Board of Governors' 
ultimate authority. 

The Mecklenburg request 
sought to find some way the 
Davidson home and other 
Presbyterian-related ones could 
belong to a Presbyterian network 
but without the control of the 
Board of Governors. 

Separate Synod Meeting in '86 
The Council also set the next 
annual meeting of Synod for May 
28-29 at Warren Wilson College in 
Swannanoa. Warren Wilson is a 
Presbyterian college the Synod 
has recently begun supporting. 

In setting the date, the Council 
rejected a proposed tri-synod 
meeting next year between North 
Carolina and the Synods of the 
Virginias and the Piedmont, as 
was held this year. The other two 

synods have proposed another 
such meeting. 

"The executive committee [of 
Council] considered the im- 
plications and thought that 
meeting twice in a row might 
create an impetus toward the 
feeling of a super synod," Council 
Moderator Robert Clark said. 
Boundary committees of the 
three synods are negotiating over 
changes, and the moderator of 
the Synod of North Carolina's 
committee, the Rev. Earle 
Roberts, had earlier told the 
Council that some people were 
arguing for a single synod com- 
bining the three present synods. 

Clark said that evaluations of 
this year's tri-synod meeting 
were "uniformly enthusiastic," 
and the executive committee 
believed others like it should 
take place. 

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AUGUST, 1985 

$10 Million Harris Trust 
Aids Queens, Other Schools 

Queens College will be the ma- 
jor beneficiary of a new $10 
million trust established by 
James J. Harris, chairman of the 
school's board of trustees. Other 
beneficiaries include Davidson 
College, St. Andrews 
Presbyterian College, and Cove- 
nant Presbyterian Church in 
Charlotte, as well as numerous 

The James J. Harris and 
Angelia M. Harris Foundation 
was established in late 1984. nam- 

ed for Harris and the late Mrs. 
Harris, and founded to support 
charitable, religious, and educa- 
tional institutions. 

Queens will receive 10 percent 
of the annual income, to be used 
for scholarships and the 
maintenance of Harris Residence 
Hall and Morrison Dining Hall. 
Davidson will get 5 percent for 
scholarships, while St. Andrews 
will receive 2.5 percent for 
scholarships and Covenant 
Church 5 percent for repair and 

maintenance of church buildings. 

In all, 45 percent of the income 
goes to designated institutions, 
while 55 percent will go to 
beneficiaries qualifying under 
the provisions of the trust. 

The income to Queens forms 
the equivalent of $1 million in new 
endowment. President Billy 
Wireman said. 

"Once again, Jimmy Harris 
and his family have stood up 
Queens," Wireman , said. "For 
Continued On Page Four 

Special September Offering Recognizes 
Decades Of Service By Union Seminary 

The importance of Pres- 
byterian seminaries will be 
recognized on September 15, the 
day officially designated by the 
General Assembly as Seminary 
Sunday. The purpose of this day 
of recognition is to develop 
awareness and support locally 
for the Presbyterian theological 
institutions that prepare men and 
women for ministry. 

The Synod of North Carolina 
has authorized a special offering 
for Union Theological Seminary 
on September 15. The Synod of 
the Virginias has authorized a 
similar offering. 

It will be 1990 before the fun- 
ding streams of the reunited 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 
merge. Until then, Presbyterian 
seminaries will be funded ac- 
cording to the patterns in use by 
the two former denominations at 
the time of the merger. That is. 
former United Presbyterian 
seminaries are still funded at the 
General Assembly level; former 
PCUS institutions, by their sup- 
porting synods. 

"For 173 years, Union 
Theological Seminary has served 
churches in the Virginias and 
North Carolina by supplying a 


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dedicated ministers," said a 
spokesman for UTS. "This con- 
tinued relationship is vital to the 
future life of the Presbyterian 

"The seminary's ability to fun- 
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Teens Look To Help At 
Home After Work Abroad 



A new church was built in a 
remote village in the Dominican 
Republic this summer. Because 
it was, Winston-Salem is likely to 

Seventeen high-school students 
from First Presbyterian Church 
went to the Dominican Republic 
for two weeks to help build a 
Christian Reformed Church. 
Their enthusiasm is promoting 
them to look for projects here. 

The Rev. C. Allan Poole, the as- 
sociate minister of First 
Presbyterian Church, directed 
the project for the fourth straight 
year. Young people have been to 
Mexico and to the Caribbean. 

The project, Hands at Work, is 
set up like an investment cor- 
poration. Church members buy 
shares of "stock" in the cor- 
poration to help pay for the work 

Last Sunday night nearly 150 
shareholders and friends met at 
the church for the corporation's 
annual meeting and a report 
about what happened this year. 

The Winston-Salem workers 
joined others from throughout the 
nation to form a team of some 
240. Mission leaders living in the 
Dominican Republic helped pick 
the projects. Teams also ran a 
roving clinic that ministered to 
600 patients and conducted a 
Bible school. 

Reporting to the shareholders, 
the workers said that their 
busiest day was the day they 
finished most of the work on the 
church. Karen Hawkins said that 
the trip made her aware "of 
poverty and the conditions under 


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which some people live . . . but 
they are so appreciative of what 
is done for them and so happy." 

The trip was Poole's last 
project for the church where he 
has been an associate minister 
for the last six years. In August, 
he will become associate 
minister of Blacknall Memorial 
Presbyterian Church near Duke 
University in Durham. 

Pat Nasrallah, a member of 
First Presbyterian Church, will 
carry on the foreign and local 
mission program. He said that he 
hopes to help the young people 
care for some Dominican-like 
needs that may be found in Win- 

This article was published in 
the Winston-Salem Journal on 

July 24 and is reprinted with 

Eugene C. Blake 
Dead At 78 

The Rev. Eugene Carson 
Blake, a major figure in 
Presbyterianism and Protestan- 
tism in this century, died in mid- 
August in Stamford, Conn. He 
was 78. • 

Blake served as stated clerk of 
the United Presbyterian Church 
from 1951 to 1966 and as general 
secretary of the World Council of 
Churches from 1966 to 1972. In 
addition, he was president of the 
National Council of Churches 
from 1954 to 1957. 

A noted proponent of church 
unity, he delivered a sermon 
urging unification of several 
major Protestant denominations 
in 1960, a sermon that led to the 
Consultation on Church Union, 
which now involves nine 

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Winston-Salem Asked To 
Submit Bid For Church HQ 

Winston-Salem has been invited to submit a proposal to locate 
the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) there, the 
Winston-Salem Journal reported. The city is one of 28 in the 
nation that have expressed interest in housing the church's of- 

Church officials would not say how many of those cities have 
been invited to submit proposals, the Journal reported. The 
newspaper said New York, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Louisville, 
and St. Louis are major contenders for the headquarters. The 
church's offices are currently housed in Atlanta and New York. 

A decision on headquarters will not be made until mid-1987. 

Kids Let Mrs. Weir Know Of 
Concern For Captive Husband 

The children in vacation church school at First Church of 
Smithfield wrote letters to Carol Weir, expressing their concern 
at her situation. Mrs. Weir is the wife of the Rev. Ben Weir, 
Presbyterian missionary kidnapped in Lebanon last year and 
still being held captive. 

The Weirs had served as missionaries in Lebanon for 30 years 
before his kidnapping. He has now been held for over a year. 

With Members' Labor, Korean 
Church Cuts Building Costs 

The Korean Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville has con- 
structed a new sanctuary for less than half of the estimated cost, 
with the minister and some church officers serving as contrac- 
tors and members providing much of the labor. Originally, the 
church expected to have to erect a temporary dwelling on their 
lot for some time. With the work provided by the Rev. Doug- 
Sung Choi and the members, however, the sanctuary was com- 
pleted in March and dedicated in late June. 

The new building also contains an educational wing, including 
a fellowship hall. 


Birthday Offering Funds U.S., 
Mexican Project; Libraries 

The Birthday Offering for 1986 of the Women of the Church 
will eo to two objectives, Presbyterian News Service reported: 
The Border Ministry, a joint mission of the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.) and the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, will 
receive the first $487,300; any gifts above that designated 
amount will go to the libraries of the theological seminaries of 
the Reformed Church of France. 

The Border Ministry works in five projects along the 2,000- 
mile border between the U.S. and Mexico, centering on wor- 
shipping communities reaching out in service. The Birthday Of- 
fering will fund new and expanded projects. 

New Director Installed At 
Montreat Conference Center 

The Rev. H. William Peterson was formally installed as ex- 
ecutive director of the Mountain Retreat Association and its 
Montreat Conference Center recently. The General Assembly's 
moderator, William H. Wilson, participated in the ceremony, 
along with members of the board of trustees. 

Peterson began his duties in June, succeeding the Rev. 
Samuel Hope. The new director had been presbytery executive 
of the Presbytery of Western Kentucky. 

Ordaining Educators: New 
Material Examines Amendments 

Material interpreting the proposed amendments toThe Book 
of Order establishing the office of ordained educator is being 
prepared by the Task Force on Ordination of Educators. Anyone 
desiring these materials should contact their synod or 
presbytery office, which are to receive copies. 

The General Assembly at its meeting in June approved sen- 
ding the proposed amendments to the presbyteries for their 
vote. If a majority approve, the office would become effective 
after January 1, 1988. 

AUGUST. 1985 



Generally Speaking 

Commentary by Dr. John D. MacLeod, Jr. 

July A Month Of Meetings 

West Raleigh Church across from the N.C. State 
University campus has been home church to my 
wife since we came to Raleigh and also for our 
daughter and her family. Sandy McGeachy is 
pastor and I had the privilege of preaching there in 
mid- July. 

Another Sunday I preached for Jim Tubbs at St. 
Andrews Church in a growing area of Raleigh. Jim 
and I were in school together and have been friends 
over the years. St. Andrews is a notable example of 
new church development, and it has grown 
significantly under his leadership. 

Another Sunday found me at Shiloh Church in 
Burlington, where Warren Brannon is pastor. 
Warren chairs the property committee for Synod's 
Council. We were most graciously welcomed, and 
the Bob Pennington family had us out to dinner. 

July also took us to the mountains for a meeting of 
Synod's Council at Lees-McRae College. Bob Clark, 
Ahoskie pastor, continues as Council moderator. 
This was the second year that we have had an over- 
night retreat meeting for the new Council following 
the annual meeting of Synod, and it has proven both 
enjoyable and worthwhile. New President Bradford 
Crain and other members of the Lees-McRae 
College staff were cordial, and we are grateful for 
the contribution the school makes to our whole 
educational enterprise. 

I also attended the meeting of the trustees of 
Warren Wilson College and was tremendously im- 
pressed with the caliber of people associated with 
that school. President Reuben Holden has an- 

nounced his retirement next year; the search com- 
mittee will be hard put to find someone who has his 
gifts. We are glad that Malcolm Maccubbin of the 
college staff is a new member of Synod's Council 
from Asheville Presbytery. 

During the month the Ministry Group on Higher 
Education met, ably chaired this year by Dr. Jasper 
Memory of NCSU. The new rules of the General 
Assembly require a covenant document with each 
of our colleges, and the committee is at work on this 
in each case. Dr. Tyrone Burkette has proven of 
inestimable help as staff to this ministry group. 

I enjoyed taking part in a panel at the annual 
meeting of the Association of Presbyterian Ad- 
ministrators. This organization is of growing impor- 
tance for the lay employees of our churches and 
governing bodies who work at the "support" level 
as secretaries, bookkeepers, and office managers. 
Information can be secured from Joyce Bauer, P.O. 
Box 2874, Durham, N.C. 27705. 

My wife and I were fortunate to take part in an in- 
tensive training seminar on genealogical research 
at the North Carolina Department of Archives. 
Aside from the learnings, we are also convinced 
that North Carolina is blessed with an extremely 
able staff of persons in this department of state 

Finally, we were at Cane Creek Meeting House at 
Snow Camp for my wife's family reunion. Her 
paternal grandparents (Boggs/Perrett) came out of 
this Quaker community on the Alamance/Chatham 
line and were members of Cane Creek Friends 
Church. A good time was had by all ! 


By Dr. Tyrone L. Burkette 

I'm Important Too! 

A continuous theme of mine is: all are part of the 
community of God and all have something to offer 
the whole. This theme is based in the New Testa- 
ment and recurs particurlarly in the writings of 
Paul. In God's family there is room for diversity 
and differences but no place to discount or exclude 
anyone. In spite of this personal conviction, I find 
myself continuously discounting or excluding others 
who are equally loved by God. This happens 
whenever I relax — put down my guard or take for 
granted the importance of others. It is precisely 
because others are different that I need them — 
their gift and their vision. 

This theme came back to haunt me recently. I had 
just pulled on the Lees-McRae campus in Banner 
Elk, North Carolina. I was looking for someone to 
give me directions to where the Synod's Council was 
meeting. Brad Crain, the college president, was 
walking nearby. Being reasonably sure he could 
help me, I asked for his assistance and introduced 
him to everyone in the car except one, my son, Gor- 
don Allen, a fourteen year-old. When I realized I 
omitted him, it was too late; Dr. Crain was on his 
wav. I turned to Gordon, apologized, and said, 
"Here is another case of adultism." 

Like sexism and racism, adultism discounts and 
excludes. It works on the assumption that children 
in adult circles are unimportant and have nothing to 
offer. As a direct result of this adult arrogance, 
children become invisible. If they are seen they are 
not taken seriously. In such a situation, not only is 
the child the loser but the adult is denied the offer- 
ing, the precious offerings of children. 

This was not the first time I was guilty of 
adultism, and most certainly it will not be the last. 
Another instructive memory comes to mind. It was 
10 years ago and my daughter, Michelle Marie, was two 
and a half. I was preoccupied in my adultism. 
Michelle tried unsuccessfully to get my attention. 
Finally, in desperation, she pulled at my leg and 
said, "Dad, I may be little, but I'm important too!" 
Right, she was. I never thought such wisdom could 
come from a child. 

I can't help but ask myself what other offerings I 
am denying myself because of my adultism and 
other prejudices ... I must stay alert lest I fall vic- 
tim to other "isms" that discount and exclude. I 
must free myself from discounting folks for what 
gifts they don't have and count what gifts they free- 
ly offer me. For they are important too. 

Foundation Receives $8 Million Gift 

The United Presbyterian 
Foundation has received a gift of 
$8,357 million, its largest ever, 
from Foster McGaw, a native of 
North Carolina. McGaw is a 
founder of American Hospital 
Supply Corporation. 

The gift establishes the Mary 
W. and Foster G. McGaw Fund. 
After their lifetimes, 11 percent 
of the gift's value will go to the 
Salvation Army; the Foundation 

will invest the balance, with in- 
come to go to medical missions 
overseas, evangelistic minis- 
tries in the United States and 
abroad and development work of 
the Foundation. 

"Mr. McGaw's generosity to 
the United Presbyterian Foun- 
dation and the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.) is almost un- 
believable," said Dr. Aaron E. 
Gast, president of the Foun- 

dation. With his latest gift, 
McGaw has given more than $12 
million to support the mission of 
the Presbyterian Church 
(U.S.A.), Gastsaid. 

McGaw, 88, was born in Hot 
Springs, N.C, where his father, 
the Rev. Francis A. McGaw, ser- 
ved as stated supply pastor of Hot 
Springs Presbyterian Church. Af- 
ter growing up in the poverty of a 
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Listening As A 
Discipline For 
Spiritual Growth 

Charles E.S. Kraemer 


In a college class of which I was a member many years ago, the pro- 
fessor was having various students read portions of the textbook aloud 
so all the class could hear. After one of the class members had finished 
reading the part of the textbook that was assigned to him, the professor 
then said, "Mr. Flin, now tell us in your own words what the author is 
saying in what you just read." To that, the embarrassed Mr. Flin 
responded, "I am sorry, professor, but I was not listening." 

That can happen, we can read without "listening," and all of us pro- 
bably have done that. That same thing can happen to the hymns we sing 
in church. We sing lustily, then when we have finished singing close the 
hymn book reasonably satisfied with the effort we have made. But if so- 
meone should ask us what hymn we were just singing, or even to repeat 
any of the words we had just sung, quite often many of us would have to 
say, "I was not listening." 

As a preacher, sometimes I have been tempted to respond to a com- 
ment made by someone on a sermon I had just preached, to ask the 
commentor, "Just what was it about the sermon that caused you to 
react that way?" But I have never yielded to that temptation, because I 
did not want to embarrass the commentor, or even more, I did not want 
to embarrass myself. 


It does require some discipline, some conscious effort to develop the 
practice of listening. Often before the public reading of the Scriptures, 
the reader will admonish: "Listen for the word of God." As the 
Westminster Confession of Faith sets forth that truth: 

The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for 
his own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life ... is set down in 
Scripture ... or may be deduced from Scripture . . . Never- 
theless we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of 
God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things 
as are revealed in the word . . . 
(Chapter I No. 6) 

The development of the discipline of listening must be accompanied 
by prayer for the illumination of the Spirit of God. "What is God saying 
to me today in this Scripture?" 


Rufus M. Jones, the great Quaker leader, once said of a friend, 
"Royce finds talking the easiest form of breathing." Talking all the 
time, or at least most of the time, can be a very effective means to keep 
from listening. Authentic spiritual development that allows one to be 
free to be open to listening does not come as the result of a New Year 
type of resolution, "1 am going to listen more." Resolutions may help to 
get us started in the discipline of listening, but the ability to continue to 
be free to be open must come from an assurance that is deeper than 
that. It must come from a basic assurance that we do not need to keep on 
protecting ourselves by our efforts at self-justification. 
Romans 8: 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in 
Christ Jesus, [vs. 1] ... If God is for us who is against 
us? . . . [vs. 1] It is God who justifies ; who is to condemn? [vs. 33, 

There are so many people who need somebody to listen. Being open to 
those who need us to listen is a gift of God's grace. Maybe sometimes we 
do not listen to what God may be saying to us because really we do not 
listen to anything. 

Johnson C. Smith Gets 
$500,000 Title III Grant 

Johnson C. Smith University 
has received a $500,000 matching 
grant as part of the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Education's Title III En- 
dowment Grant Program. In- 
come from the new funds will be 
used for building renovation, 
faculty development, and cur- 
riculum improvement. 

Johnson C. Smith is a 
predominantly black institution 
in Charlotte, historically sup- 
ported by the former United 
Presbyterian Church. 

President Robert L. Albright 
expressed delight at "the con- 
tinued confidence in our work by 
the U.S. Department of Educa- 
tion. The Title III grant will per- 
mit us to continue the initiatives 

we began two years ago and will 
clearly enhance our movement 
toward self-sufficiency. 

"Perhaps most of all, I am 
elated that our strong grant- 
smanship has prevailed in fierce 
competition for dwindling federal 
funds." A total of 265 other in- 
stitutions also applied for the 
grants; all 42 historically black 
institutions applied, but only 15 
were chosen, said Dr. Virginia 
Oates, coordinator of 
institutional-aid programs. 

The university recently far ex- 
ceeded its goal in a $2 million 
capital campaign, raising $6.2 
million by July. That campaign 
will support renovation, financial 
aid to students, library acquisi- 
tions, new endowments, and 
general support. 



AUGUST, 1985 

Campus Ministries Seek Another Voice On 

Presbyterian Students ' Names South African Conditions 

The Synod's involvement in 
campus ministry can be more ef- 
fective as the programs on the 
various campuses are aware of 
who the Presbyterians are 
among students on campus. 
Churches can help increase that 
effectiveness by sending the 
names and college addresses of 
the students from their 
congregations attending these in- 
stitutions to the campus minister. 

Those addresses are : 

Duke University 
Rev. Cathy Campbell 
Duke Chapel Office, West Cam- 

Duke University 
Durham, N.C. 27706 

UNC-Chapel Hill 

Rev. Rebecca Reyes 

P.O. Box 509 

Chapel Hill, N.C. 28514 

East Carolina University 
Rev. Michelle Bircher 
501 E. Fifth Street 
Greenville, N.C. 27834 


Rev. Robert Haywood 

610 S. College Road 
Wilmington, N.C. 28403 

Fayetteville State University 
Rev. Garfield Warren 
1801 Seabrook Road 
Fayetteville, N.C. 28301 

N.C. Central University 
Rev. David Parham 
P.O. Box 19353, NCCC 
Durham, N.C. 27707 

N.C. State University 
Rev. W W. Olney III 
Box 5634 

Raleigh. N.C. 27650 

Rev. Joseph W. Flora 
500 Forest Avenue 
Greensboro, N.C. 27403 

Appalachian State 
Mr. David Garnett 
409 Howard Street 
Boone, N.C. 28607 

Rev. Henry Inman 
UNCC Station 
Charlotte, N.C. 28223 

People Like Them 
Need People 
Like You. 

For Union Theological Seminary 
in Virginia 

You can help provide ministers for the Church tomorrow by 
supporting students at Union Theological Seminary today. 

For complete details, contact: 

The Rev. Robert J. Carlson 
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia 
3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227 


Western Carolina University 
Rev. Sam Hale 
P.O. Box 1517 
Cullowhee, N.C. 28723 

Blake — 

Continued From Page Two 

denominations in discussions on 

Blake was also well known for 
his actions on behalf of civil 
rights and his opposition to the 
Vietnam War. 

When he led the World Council, 
he helped establish the con- 
troversial Program to Combat 
Racism and helped the entry into 
the Council of the Russian Or- 
thodox Church and other Eastern 
Orthodox churches. 

He served Presbyterian 
pastorates in New York and 
California. Blake was a graduate 
of Princeton University, where 
he played football, and Princeton 
Seminary ; he also studied at New 
College in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Service Held 
For Sen. Ervin 

A memorial service for former 
Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr. was held at 
National Presbyterian Church in 
Washington, D.C., on June 13. 
Ervin, who died earlier this year, 
was a lifelong member of First 
Presbyterian Church of Morgan- 
ton, N.C. 

Entitled "A Service of Memory 
in Joy for the Life of Senator 
Sam J. Ervin Jr.," the service in- 
cluded remarks by former Sen. 
Harry F. Byrd Jr. of Virginia, 
former Rep. Horace Kornegay of 
North Carolina, Rep. James 
Broyhill of North Carolina, and 
Prof. Philip Kurland of the 
University of Chicago School of 

Among other speakers was 
Judge William A. Creech of North 

The Rev. Joseph Harvard, 
pastor of First Church in 
Durham, gave the invocation as 
the representative of the Synod of 
North Carolina. Dr. Louis H. 
Evans, pastor of the National 
Presbyterian Church, delivered 
pastoral remarks, and Dr. 
Richard Halverson, chaplain of 
the U.S. Senate, spoke and gave a 


The proclivity of our attempts to finger South Africa's immorality is 
equated only Dy our ignorance; for we know very little about this coun- 
try which we condemn. Geographically isolated beyond the mainstream 
of travel and tourism, South Africa is not easily available for on-site 
verification of accusations routinely made against its policies. 

Church bodies who in the name of truth feel that they must speak out 
on conditions in South Africa should, at the very minimum, exercise 
care in collecting the facts. Some of those facts are: 

(1) This is not a case of colonialism. White imperialists did not 
displace or enslave "native blacks" in South Africa. Whites of Dutch 
and English descent entered this virgin land through the south coastal 
regions in the mid 1600s and established a vibrant, thriving economy. 
Hard work, fierce self-reliance, a Puritan ethic, and an abundance of 
natural resources combined to produce prosperity. 

(2) Black South Africans are not a homogenous group. Several centu- 
ries ago black peoples of mixed Hamitic and Negroid descent migrated 
from East Africa in three main streams. They settled in separate 
regions of South Africa with minimal disturbances to whites who 
already resided in other areas of the country. 

These historically black areas were later recognized by the white 
government as separate black "nations" or "homelands." It is wrong to 

Guest Commentary 

claim — as many moralists do — that the whites forced blacks to move 
into these areas against their will. That story is North American; not 
South African. 

Each of these nine black nations represents a separate and distinct 
culture with its own unique language, cultural tradition, and form of 
social organization. No one, including the widely celebrated Bishop 
Tutu, can claim the right to speak for all blacks in South Africa; for 
each ethnic community has a voice of its own. 

(3) South Africa experiences a staggering immigration from the 
north. Refugees from so-called liberated nations in Eastern and Nor- 
thern Africa pour into South Africa. They come from countries so badly 
fractured with in-fighting and incompetence that they cannot feed 
themselves. They flee from genocide. They cascade across South 
Africa's borders at a rate of one million immigrants per year, a major 
threat to the stability of an economy established by South Africa's five 
million whites. 

If allowed to pour into the cities these primitive, unskilled peoples 
would create gigantic slums breeding frustration, violence, and crime. 

(4) South Africa's apartheid system is an attempt by the white 
government of the country to maintain historic boundaries among 
disparate ethnic communities living in that land. Zulus, Xhosas, 
Tswanas, Vendas, Swazis, etc. are required to maintain residence in 
areas which were founded by their ancestors. Within these areas they 
enjoy self-rule. 

Whites believe that a black who lives in Mozambique has no more 
right to move into Johannesburg than a resident of Raleigh, North 
Carolina has a right to establish permanent residence in Paris. They 
view the pass system in much the same way we view passports, visas, 
and immigration quotas. 

(5) United States corporations which maintain industrial operations 
in South Africa and affirm the Sullivan Principles provide great 
benefits to black workers. Blacks are trained, given attractive wages 
and fringe benefits, employed in a racially non-discriminatory environ- 
ment. Many thoughtful social scientists point to continued industrial 
development and increased foreign investment as the greatest hope for 
progress among South Africa's blacks. 

South African whites sit on the rim of a powder keg which they did not 
wholly create. Their policies for dealing with an incredibly complex 
problem may not appeal to those of us who view them from a comfor- 
table distance. But neither are they helped by incendiary pro- 
nouncements from Western Utopians whose paper prophecies cost the 
prophet nothing. We do not live with the consequences of policies which 
we seek to force upon South Africa. Our resolutions and stock market 
machinations contribute cheap shots at best. Collecting capital gains in 
the name of righteousness may feel good, but it hardly fits the biblical 
image of prophecy. Amos would not be proud of our proclamations; nor 
would Jesus who stopped the Pharisees' stones. 

The Rev. Parker T. Williamson is pastor of First Church in Lenoir. 

— Conferences, Meetings, Workshops — 


This year's Conference on Ag- 
ing at Montreat focuses on 
"Legacy of Change: The Person, 
the Church, and the World." A 
central concern is how older peo- 
ple, having survived many 
changes, can help other genera- 
tions to maintain their stability in 
a rapidly changing world. 

Sponsors: Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.), Montreat Con- 
ference Center. 

Keynote speaker: Dr. Cedric 
W. Tilberg, retired Lutheran 
minister and author, on "To Live 
is to Age." 

Workshops: 15 workshops 
cover such general topics as deal- 
ing with aging, religion and ag- 
ing, social and political concerns, 

and retirement. 

Leaders : Workshop leaders in- 
clude Dr. Thomas Robb, director 
of the Presbyterian Office on Ag- 
ing; N.C. State Sen. Helen Mar- 
vin; the Rev. John Mack Walker, 
artist and retired minister; John 
T. Denning, president of the 
American Association of Retired 
Persons; and others. 

Bible and music leader is the 
Rev. Joan Salmon Campbell, 
associate executive presbyter of 
Philadelphia Presbytery and 
former vice-moderator of the 
General Assembly. 

Features: Resource center, 
planned recreation, crafts, and 
tours and outings. 

Dates and location: October 
14-18, Montreat Conference 

Center, Montreat. Registration 
fee is $54 per individual or $83 per 
couple; after September 1, add $7 
to fee; registration fee does not 
include cost of housing or meals; 
for information on housing and 
meals at Assembly Inn or The 
Winsborough and on registration, 
contact Montreat Conference 
Center, P.O. Box 907, Montreat, 
N.C. 28757, telephone: (704 ) 669- 

Queens — 

Continued From Page Two 

over half a century, the Morrison 
and Harris family have been key 
people in helping Queens become 
the distinctive and distinguished 
institution it is today." 

AUGUST, 1985 



News Bits 

Staff Changes . . . 

Staff Associate Charles Mac- 
Dougal and secretary Lou Mc- 
Namee have recently resigned 
from positions with the 

A temporary replacement for 
Mrs. McNamee has been hired. 
Paula Lindler will have the same 
work schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 

The Staff and Management 
sub-committee plans a series of 
consultations with Sessions in 
cluster meetings before a per- 
manent replacement is secured 
for Mr. McDougal. 

They will certainly both be 

Organized only a year ago, 
Greenville's Peace Church has 81 
members and continues to grow! 
"Its not unusual to have more in 
attendance at worship than are 
on the membership roll," said 
Bill Goodnight, pastor. 

In some ways Peace is a church 
without walls. At least it doesn't 
own any walls of its own. The 
pastor has an office in Green- 
ville's Grier-Dunn building. The 
congregation meets for worship 
and Sunday school at the 
Ramada Inn, utilizing a con- 
ference room as the sanctuary 
and motel rooms as nursery and 

Even the motel lounge is 
pressed into use as a sanctuary 
when the motel has rented the 
conference room to a more 
profitable convention customer! 
Other church meetings and the 
regular 3rd Sunday fellowship 
gatherings are held at members' 
homes, parks, club houses or 
whatever is available. 

Dates Set . . . 

Dates have been set of or- 
dination of three men recently 
received by the Presbytery. 

Don Muncie's ordination and 
installation as pastor of Frank 
Price Memorial will be at 8 p.m. 
on August 25th. 

David Ethridge will be or- 
dained and installed as pastor of 
the Snow Hill Church on Septem- 
ber 8th. 

Services were recently held 
August 18th for Taylor Todd, new 
associate pastor at Washington 

The other local Presbyterian 
churches have been a big help let- 
ting Peace use their buildings 
when the need arises. Both the 
organizational and anniversary 
services were held at First Chur- 
ch. The installation service for 
their pastor was held at 
Hollywood. Maundy Thursday 
service and Vacation Church 
School were held jointly at Boyd 

When Meadowbrook recently 
got a new piano and organ they 
made a much appreciated 
donation of their previous organ 
and piano to Peace! 

Peace is committed to being a 
church noted not just for 
cooperation with its sister chur- 
ches but to generous benevolent 
giving as well. From the very fir- 
st Peace has committed itself to 
give 20% of all it receives towar- 
ds its regular budget to the 
regular benevolent programs of 
the denomination, 5% to special 
appeals such as hunger and 

be teaching English to university 
students in Nanjing, a city 
located several hundred miles 
south of Peking. There they will 
begin their work with the Amity 
Foundation, an ecumenical 
organization initiated by the 
Christians in China. 

"It's not the church here who is 
sending people, but the church 
there who is requesting fifteen 
teachers," said the Rev. Mallin- 
son. "This is the first time since 
1949 the churches in China have 
been able to request outside help 

missions requests, and 5% to 
meet needs in the local area. 

Disbursing treasurer Gene 
Parker agrees, that this is not 
always easy. "It's hard for a new 
church to make ends meet; at 
present we are about $4500 behind 
for the year, but we believe that 
we should start the proper pat- 
terns of giving from the start." 

Another important goal for the 
congregation is a building on 
property purchased near Pitt 
Community College. The proper- 
ty is thought to be the best 
possible location in the area for a 
new church and it was cheaper 
than some that were considered; 
yet $85,000 is still owed on the 
property alone. 

After that? "Well, after that 
comes the building," commented 
the pastor. "All that you read 
about new church development 
tells you to begin your building by 
your third year. We are in our 
second year now, we have an ex- 
cellent building committee and 
an excited growing congregation. 
However, a lot will depend on the 
help and support of the other 
churches in our Presbytery, as 
well as other friends. I believe it 
won't be long until we can have 
our children baptized in a san- 
ctuary instead of the lounge of a 
motel. When we get in a more 
permanent structure I think we 
will increase in size quite rapidly. 
What excites me the most is the 
people aren't waiting to become 
th church, they realize that we 
are the church already." 

Perhaps Peace is best 
described by the prologue of its 
mission design, written by its 
steering committee and then 
adopted by its Session: 

"In response to Jesus Christ, 
we choose to proclaim, to 
celebrate, and to share the peace 
of our Lord, and to nurture one 
another and serve others in ways 
that make a real difference in the 
spiritual and physical lives of all 

to assist in the modernization of 

The couple recently attended 
an orientation workshop in 
Stoney Point, New York, with the 
other thirteen people who are 
headed overseas to work with the 
Amity Foundation. 

The Mallinsons are not 
strangers to China. During 1981 
they spent a month there. But it is 
Sandy Mallinson whose ties to the 
country are strongest. 

Born to Missionary parents, 
she lived in Jiangsu Province for 
fourteen years until her family- 
was forced to evacuate to the 
United States at the onset of 
World War II. 

Do you know of a student at 
East Carolina University that 
would like to receive information 
about - Presbyterian Campus 
Ministry at ECU? If so. please fill 
out the form below and send it to 
501 E. 5th St., Greenville. N.C. 
27834. We want to reach as many- 
students as we can, but we need 
your help! This information will 
be kept on a computer at the 
Campus Ministry Office, so it is 
important to be as complete and 

Because Nanjing is located in 
the province where Mrs. Mallin- 
son lived as a child, the trip to 
China will be a homecoming. 
"We're thrilled to pieces about 
going," said an exuberant Mrs. 

Even with all the excitement 
surrounding the trip to China, the 
Mallinsons have no intentions of 
completely breaking their ties 
with the Albemarle area and are 
considering retiring here. 

"We have really enjoyed our 
pastorate in the church here." (in 
Edenton) said the Rev. Mallin- 
son. "The entire community has 
been most gracious." 

accurate as possible. 

There will be an Ice Cream 
Social for students on Wed- 
nesday. August 28th. at 7 p.m. at 
the Methodist Student Center, 
located on Fifth St. across from 
Garrett Dorm. It will be an op- 
portunity for students to meet 
each other, the Campus Minister, 
Michelle "Mike" Burcher, and 
members of local Presbyterian 

Calendar Of Events 


25 Comm. on Representation, Greenville First, 4 p.m. 

25 Ordination of Donald Muncie, Frank Price Mem., 8 p.m. 

26 Evangelism & Church Dev.. Western Steer-G'ville, 6 p.m. 

27 Council Meeting, Greenville First, 6 p.m. 

28 Campus Ministry Ice Cream Social, 
Methodist Student Center, 7 p.m. 

29—30 N.C. Presbytery Exec, Fayetteville, 12 Noon 


4 Staff Meeting, Presbytery Office, 10 a.m. 

7 Youth Council, Greenville First, 2 p.m. 

8 Ordination of David Etheridge, Snow Hill, 7 p.m. 

9 Vigil in Washington 

12 Presbytery Meeting, Camp Albemarle, 10 a.m. 

13 Staff Meeting, Presbytery Office, 10 a.m. 

14 Superintendents Advisory Council, G'ville First, 10 a.m. 

15 Women of the Church Dist. 4, Boyd Mem., 2 p.m. 
17 Camp Committee, Greenville First, 6 p.m. 

22 Women of the Church Dist. 2, Farmville, 2 p.m. 

29 Women of the Church Dist. 3, West New Bern, 2 p.m. 


1 Women of the Church Dist. 1, Edgemont, 2 p.m. 




East Carolina University 

Campus Christian Life 
501 E. Fifth St. 
Greenville NC 27»34 

Student's name: 

Home Address: 

>> City: State: Zip; 


4) Greenville Address: 


Phone : 

Expected Graduation Date:_ 

Field of Study: 

Home Church: 

You are cordially invited to the 

Resource Center 
Open House 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 1985 
3-5 P.M. 

First Pres byteria n Ch urch 

Downtown Rocky Mount 
Corner of Church & Thomas Sts. 
153 N. Church St 

The Albemarle Presbyterian 

Peggy Bright, Editor 

August 1985 

Mallinsons Going To China 

(The following is from an ar- 
ticle in the Chowan Herald, Eden- 
ton, N.C. by Ron Anderson, 
writer and photographer. ) 

It isn't unusual for a minister 
and his wife to move from one 
location to another. But when 
Rev. Howatt Mallinson and his 
wife, Sandy, leave Edenton's Fir- 
st Presbyterian Church this Sep- 
tember, their destination won't 
be to another town in North 
Carolina or Virginia. They are 
headed for China. 

When they reach their 
destination, the Mallinsons will 
be teaching English to university 

Peace Church Continues To Grow 


Wanted: ECU Student Info. 



AUGUST, 1985 


The Concord Presbyterian 

Volume XII, Number 8 Sal ly McQueen, Editor August 1985 

Resurrection Of A Small Church 

"Hope's Alive in '85" is the 
theme as Highland Presbyterian 
Church in Winston-Salem plans 
the fifth annual weekend retreat 
for October 4-6 at Montreat. 
Families are chosen each year as 
Coordinators who do year-round 
planning. One hundred attended 
the first one, and the number has 
grown each time. 

"Children in Action" is a new 
project of First Church, 
Mooresville, with events planned 
for July and August and featuring 
the "meeting" of Biblical charac- 
ters such as Paul and Sarah and 
Noah. Carol Briggs, who recently 
came to the church as Director of 
Christian Education, is in charge. 

First Church, Thomasville, has 
a Saints Alive! program that is 
planning a trip to the Alpine 
Village in Helen, Georgia, during 
the summer and recently had an 
Audobon Society program repor- 
ted to be "for the birds." 

St. Andrews Presbyterian 
Church, Winston-Salem, has the 
pennies rolling in for the 2<t a Meal 
Hunger program and furnishes 
penny rolls in response to cries 
for help from the Witness and 
Service Committees. 

Youth of Union Presbyterian 
Church, Gastonia, sponsored a 
luncheon following the morning 
service, publishing an intriguing 
menu beforehand. 

Invitations are out for the 
dedication of the new educational 
facilities at the New Hope Chur- 
ch, Gastonia. The date is Sep- 
tember 8, and the Rev. George 
Dameron, a "son" of the church, 
will be the speaker for the mor- 
ning worship. 

A new type of hearing system 
has been installed in the san- 
ctuary of the Presbyterian Chur- 
ch of Lowell. Microphones are 
connected to a broadcast unit 
that operates similarly to an FM 
radio station. A small pocket 
radio and earphones enable 
those who need help in hearing to 
sit in any place they wish. 

A Balloon Launch, a visit from 
a Clown Ministry group, and a 
family picnic were features of the 
Vacation Bible School session at 
the Thyatira Presbyterian 



24-25 Workshop on Adult Educa- 
tion, Communication 
First Church, Kannapolis, 
9a.m. -2p.m. 

First Church, Hickory, 


4 Finance Committee, 3 p.m. 

5 Candidates Committee, 

5 Witness Committee, 
10:30 a.m. 
7- 8 Youth Council, Montreat 
12 Noon till 12 Noon 
9 Protest, Washington, D.C. 
9-10 Stewardship Workshop 
for pastors, Montreat 
10 Committee on Ministry, 

12 Coordinating Council, 1 :00 

13 Committee on Women of 
the Presbytery, 10 : 00 a . m . 

19 Outdoor Christian Minis- 

21 Fall Learning Event, WOC, 
First Church, Mooresville 
9:30a.m. -3:30p.m. 

The women of the Harrisburg 
Church took time out this sum- 
mer to be hostesses at a tea for 
the congregation in honor of the 
members of the Chancel Choir as 
a token of appreciation for their 
contribution to the worship ser- 

The Church Development 
Committee of the presbytery is 
meeting with the Armstrong 
Memorial Presbyterian Church 
regarding an offered gift of land 
for a new church in the area. 

The First Church, Newton, was 
robbed of a jar containing the 2'- 
a-Meal Offering, but the Session 
voted to replace the ap- 
proximately $30.00 in coins and 
encourage members to con- 
tribute to the Fund by check so 
payment can be stopped if fur- 
ther stealing occurs. 

The Ronny Brooks' Foreign 
Student Scholarship Fund has 
been established at the First 
Church, Boone, in honor of con- 
cern of Dean Brooks for foreign 
students at ASU. The first to 
use it will be from the village of 
Tshikaja in central Zaire where 
the Good Shepherd Hospital is 
located. He will arrive in mid- 
August and live with the Herring 
family while attending ASU. 

On June 22 and 23 the Third 
Creek Presbyterian Church 
celebrated the 150th anniversary 
of their present building. Satur- 
day afternoon there were games 
of the 18th and 19th century and 
a trip to the tomb of Marshall Ney 
with highlights of his teaching. 
The history of the church was 
presented on Sunday morning, 
followed by a Communion Ser- 
vice led by the Rev. William C. 
Rhodes II, pastor; Dr. John D. 
MacLeod Jr. of the Synod; and 
Dr Clements E. Lamberth Jr. of 
the presbytery. 

The Spencer Presbyterian 
Church has established the 
Evelyn N. Tichenor Memorial 
Scholarship Fund in recognition 
of her 37 years of teaching at the 
Spencer and North Rowan High 
Schools. Five students will 
receive aid to attend colleges and 
universities in 1985-'86. 

Join Us In 

The Service Committee of 
the Presbytery of Concord in- 
vites you to join us for a day of 
protest at the Embassy of the 
Republic of South Africa on 
Monday, September 9, 1985, in 
Washington, D.C. The Com- 
mittee is coordinating travel 
and lodging for anyone who 
wishes to join us for this event. 

The Rev. Carlton Eversley, 
pastor of the Dellabrook 
Presbyterian Church in Wins- 
ton-Salem, is the person for in- 
formation and arrangements, 
telephone 919/725-4274. 

At a recent meeting of the 
Synod of North Carolina, Sept- 
ember 9 was designated as a 
day of solidarity with other 
Presbyterians to witness to 
the situation in South Africa. 

We hope you will join us in 
supporting us in prayer and 
sitting beside us in the bus to 

Resurrection may seem to be 
a strange term to use in referring 
to renewal of a few small chur- 
ches, but this is exactly what is 
happening in Rutherford County. 
And the beauty of it all is that the 
congregations are not only elated 
that the pews are being filled, but 
they are actually acting as God's 
instruments of reconciliation. 

There are eight chur- 
ches in Rutherford County, 
six of which fall in the category of 
"small church," and two are 
larger. In a cluster of churches 
such as this there are most likely 
some which have no problem 
with resources, and a few where 
resources are scarce. So the 
question is . . . how can the 
churches in the cluster 
group help each other with 
these problems? The answer 
we have found is in sharing 
facilities, financial responsi- 
bility, and know-how. 

We arrange for a program; we 
share the cost in proportion to the 
size of the congregation. As a 
result, the least can have the 
best. This concept has worked 
very well with what we have 
shared already: Leadership, 
Evangelism, and Faith Renewal 
Workshops. The resident 
ministers serve as Tea- 
chers/Leaders. One variation 
of this function will appear in the 
yellow pages of the telephone 
directory. All eight churches will 
be a part of a "block ad," and will 


occupy a space which would be out 
of their reach individually. 

Another benefit that has grown 
from these shared efforts is the 
realization by congregation 
members that they are part of a 
larger Presbyterian family. This 
is supported by a newsletter we 
put out periodically called the 
"County Presbyterian." This has 
also helped members to feel a 
closer relationship to Presbytery, 
in part due to my pre- 
sence in the community as a 
representative for Presbytery 
acting as coordinator/ad- 
ministrator of the experiment. 

As a broader picture of mission 
for the Presbyterian church has 
come to a higher level of atten- 
tion, it has helped to clarify what 
needs to be done on the local 
level. Whereas once thpy were 
desparate to fill up the pews for 
survival's sake, now the people 
are acting as instruments of 
God's reconciling love. This 
change of attitude didn't happen 
by chance; it happened because 
we have been able to provide 
spiritual leadership. For a small 
church to be growing and vital it 
is imperative that the 
congregation be able to "claim" 
a person as leader. 

Two courses of action are being 
tried at this moment. One, a 
seminary student has been 
placed to serve two churches on a 
one-year internship. This is very 
recent, but the change of attitude 
in the congregation already is 

dramatic. This is "our pastor" 
they say. They have claimed him 
as their spiritual leader, and at 
the same time are claiming a 
new ministry. .training 

The other course of action was 
to have the session of one church 
hire a "Program Strategy Per- 
son," while leaving the present 
supply minister in place. This per- 
son helps the congregation to re- 
focus on the evangelistic and out- 
reach aspects of congregational 
life. Results have been dramatic. . . 
the congregation in question has 
grown threefold in just a few 
short months. This person works 
under the direct supervision of 
the coordinator/administrator of 
the cluster group. 

This is not a one-man show to 
say the least. . .the first thing 
done was to form a committee 
made up of the resident ministers 
and a lay representative from 
each church. The committee 
meets once a month to discuss 
mutual concerns and brainstorm 
solutions. The results of these 
sessions is a growing bond bet- 
ween the area churches, and 
a"new" relationship with 

The main thrust right from the 
very beginning has been to sear- 
ch, discover, and implement 
ways to strengthen the larger 
churches. . to rebuild the smaller 
ones. . .allowing the Holy Spirit to 
guide and empower. 


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AUGUST, 1985 



Lumberton Church Awards 
Honorary Life Memberships 

An Honorary Life Membership 
in the Synod of North Carolina, 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is 
an honor conferred upon a person 
in recognition of faithful service 
in some area of the Church's 
work. Several such honors have 
been received by persons in 
Fayetteville Presbytery. 


The first woman chosen to be 
honored was born in Parkton, 
North Carolina. She attended 
Flora MacDonald College for two 
years, completing a two-year 
business course. After her 
marriage she moved from Red 
Springs to Lumberton. She is the 
mother of two sons of whom she is 
proud. The citizens of Robeson 
County were enriched during the 
thirty years that she worked for 
the Department of Social Ser- 
vices. Because of her duties at 
work, she was unable to fully par- 
ticipate in church activities but 
was a faithful attender of Sunday 
School, having served as her 
class president and as a faithful 
circle member. Since her 
retirement, she has added 
responsibilities of circle chair- 
man and Long Term Care 
program worker. Also, this 
dedicated WOC worker can be 
seen rolling bandages, cooking 
soup, cleaning up the kitchen, 
making cookies, and always 
doing these tasks with her sweet 
smile and loving ways. Honorary 
Life Membership was conferred 
upon Grace Powell McNeill of 
First Presbyterian Church, 


There is an old saying that 
says, "Behind every good man 
there is a good woman." The next 
recipient lived this motto. She 
was born in Greensboro, 
Alabama, and educated at the 
University of Montevallo in Mon- 
tevallo, Alabama. For two years 
she taught Home Economics at 
Eutaw High School in Greene 
County, Alabama. 

After her marriage and several 
moves, she and her family settled 
in Lumberton where they have 
lived for thirty-three years. 
Being a devoted wife, she has 
unhesitantly followed her 
husband wherever the Lord 
called him. Two children, a son 
and a daughter, blessed this 
union. She has four gran- 

dchildren. She has participated in 
all activities of the Women of the 
Church, and has served as Circle 
Chairman, Cause Secretary, and 
President. For her loving care for 
her family and fellow man and 
her continuous faithfulness in 
serving the Lord, the Women of 
the First Presbyterian Church, 
Lumberton, honored Marie Nor- 
thrup Sloop with Life Member- 


I'd rather see a sermon than hear 
one any day, 

I'd rather one should walk with 

me than merely show the way. 

The eye's a better pupil and more 

willing than the ear; 

Fine counsel is confusing, but 

example's always clear; 

And the best of all the preachers 

are the men who live their creeds, 

For to see the good in action is 

what everybody needs. 

I can watch your hands in action, 

but your tongue too fast may run. 

And the lectures you deliver may 

be very wise and true; 

But I'd rather get my lesson by 

observing what you do. 

For I may misunderstand you 

and the high advice you give, 

But there's no misunderstanding 

how you act and how you live. 

When Edgar Guest wrote this 
poem he must have known the 
next Honorary Life Member. 
This person was born in Mt. Ulla, 
North Carolina. He worked his 
way through Davidson College by 
washing windows, firing fur- 
naces, and unloading freight 
trains. After attendance at Union 
Theological Seminary in Rich- 
mond, he began his ministry in 
Alabama. While in Alabama, he 
met and married his wife of fifty- 
two years. 

As a minister this man has ser- 
ved the Lord well. One word that 
stands out is Nurturer that could 
describe this person. He has truly 
nurtured both souls of all the lives 
he has touched, as well as the 
lovely camellias that he shares 
with so many people. All people, 
young and old, have returned this 
love to one who has served them 
so well. Dr. Robert Felts Sloop 
was conferred Honorary Life 
Membership from the Women of 
the Church, Lumberton— the first 
man to be so honored in this 

Calendar of Events 




















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Division of Education 
Nominating Committee 

PRESBYTERY SCHOOL at FTI in Fayetteville 
Division Chairs 

Division of Church Development 
and Redevelopment 

Fayetteville Presbytery Foundation Trustees 

Presbytery Office closed 
PNCL sub committee 
Presbytery Staff meeting 
Committee on Ministry 
Division of Stewardship 
Division of Outreach 
Church Educators 

Camp Program sub-committee and Camp 

Monroe Board of Directors at Camp Monroe 

Committee on Review and Evaluation 

Hunger Committee 

Presbytery's Council 

Haymount Presbyterian Church 

PNCL sub-committee 

MEN OF THE CHURCH at Camp Monroe 

The Fayetteville Presbyterian 

Mickey dePrater, Editor 

August 1985 


President of Men of the Church 
Synod of North Carolina 

Men Of The 
Church News 

Fifty people from Fayetteville 
Presbytery attended the 1985 
Synod Men's Conference at Lees- 
McRae College, Banner Elk, Nor- 
th Carolina. Mr. Ray Griffin from 
First Church, Lumberton, was in- 
stalled as president of Men of the 
Church for the coming year. All 
men in Fayetteville Presbytery 
are encouraged to attend the Fall 
Rally of Men of the Church on 
September the twenty-second at 
Camp Monroe. 



As summer closes and fall 
begins many resources continue 
to be available in the Resource 
Center of Fayetteville 
Presbytery. A new set of twenty 
(20) slides has been ordered for 
all the churches. These par- 
ticular slides show elements that 
led to the creation of the new 
denominational symbol. The 
slides can be useful in a variety of 
settings to inform persons of the 
various symbols within the sym- 

A Presbyterian Media Mission 
Tape is now available in the 
Resource Center. The newly 
acquired tape contains important 
material concerning the church's 
ongoing efforts on behalf of Ben- 
jamin Weir, hostage in Beirut, 

The following resources will be 
used by the instructors in 
Presbytery School and are 
available in the Resource Center: 

Living the Bible With Children 
by Dorothy Jean Furnish. 

Straight Talk About Teaching 
in Today's Church by Locke E. 
Bowman, Jr. 

To Set One's Heart by Sara 
Little, (Belief and Teaching in 
the Church). 

Translating the Good News 
Through Teaching Activities, by 
Donald Griggs. 

Developing Christian 
Education in the Smaller Church 
by Carolyn C. Brown. 

Youth Minsistry (the team ap- 
proach) by Ginny Ward Holder- 

The Giving Book (a creative 
resource for senior high 
ministry) by Thompson and 

Report On 2 C Meal 
And Bangladesh 

The 2' A MEAL program 
thorugh July, 1985, has brought in 
$47,532.91. Of this amount, 
$44,238.73 has been forwarded to 
Atlanta for use by the Christian 
Heath and Agricultural Project, 
Ahladipur, Bangladesh 
project that receives no funds 
from the regular benevolence 
process, but relies solely on over 
and above-givng such as Fayet- 
teville Presbytery's 2' A MEAL 
program. For several months 
now, the funding that CHAPA has 
received has fallen below its 
budgeted needs. 

Melanie Smith, community 
health nurse for the project, 
writes that "in May half of our 
monthly support came from 
you," (Fayetteville 2<t partici- 
pants). However, the total support 
for that month covered only % of 
the project's costs. 

Fifty-nine churches in Fayet- 
teville Presbytery are currently 
participating in the program. If 
the remaining churches joined, 
the total cost of operating 
CHAPA could be borne by the 
two-cent contribution of family 
members of this presbytery. 
Jane Robinette, Hunger Action 
Enabler, or hunger committee 
members are available to come 
to your congregation to discuss 
this fine program. 

Why should we participate? 
What is the work of CHAPA? 
CHAPA was formed as a joint ef- 
fort of the Bangladesh Baptist 
Fellowship and the Presbyterian 
Church (U.S.A.). CHAPA was 
formed by these two churches to 
express the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ to the people of the 
Ahladipur area. It is essentially 
a service-oriented development 
organization devoted to the needs 
of the rural poor. CHAPA "seeks 
to promote among subsistence 
level farming families of the area 


Rice is the staple diet of 
Bangladesh ; however, flat bread jit 
also is eaten by the poorer people. 
Here in the above picture is a boy 
who is cooking this bread for sale 
beside the road (5( each). 

a responsiblity for their own 
future." (Report on CHAPA 
Foundations.) This goal is being 
accomplished through a multiple 
approach including a health care 
system and an agricultural 
project, and development of 
people through education, 
spiritual nurture, and pastoral 
care. The original plan approved 
by Fayetteville Presbytery in- 
cluded a Partnership agreement 
with CHAPA, providing for some 
sharing of ideas, educational op- 
portunities, and other "mutuality 
in mission." The Partnership is 
being developed further through 
the Hunger Committee of the 
Outreach Division. 

Life 6: Go Forth To Serve 

July 6 through July 14 were 
eight days that will not be forgot- 
ten by the thirty -six (36) youth 
and seven (7) advisors of Fayet- 
teville Presbytery who attended 
SERVE Mission Trip to Atlanta, 
Georgia. The group worked ex- 
tensively for and with the under- 
privileged of inner-city Atlanta, 
shopped at Lenox Square Mall, 
served supper at Villa Inter- 
national's family style hotel for 
foreign people of all nationalities, 
visited Peachtree Center, spent 
the day at Six Flags Over 
Georgia; most of all, they lear- 
ned more about the world and the 
people in it. 

This trip was the sixth (6th) in 
a series of Senior High Youth 
retreats planned since the 1983 
Youth Triennium to strengthen 
the community of Fayetteville 
Presbytery Youth and to instill 
enthusiasm for the 1986 Youth 
Triennium at Purdue University 
in Lafayette, Indiana. Sponsored 
by Fayetteville Presbytery's 
Youth Council, several local 
churches supported their youth 
and paid a portion of the $120 

registration fee. 

Advisors on the trip were: 
Steve Austin (Sanford First); 
David Sutton (Galatia); Finley 
Sutton (Galatia); Beth Elliott 
(Laurinburg) ; Hamp Deck 
(Union Theological Seminary); 
Helen Scurlock (Lumberton 
First); and Sam Warner (Lum- 
berton First). 

LIFE 6 was a huge success that 
allowed all participants to create 
a close friendship for each other. 
Everyone made friends in Atlan- 
ta at work project sites arranged 
by the Urban Training 
Organization of Atlanta (UTOA). 
Each youth participant chose one 
of five projects to work on two full 
days with UTOA. UTOA 
specialized in ministry with the 
poor and needy. 

The following churches sent 
youth on this mission experience: 
Galatia, Providence, Sanford 
First, Community, Midway, 
Laurinburg, Westminster, Fayet- 
teville First, Cameron, Lumber- 
ton First, Peace, Montpelier, 
Southview, Laurel Hill United 
Methodist Church, and King 



AUGUST, 1985 

The Mecklenburg Presbyterian 

Carolyn Nelson, Editor August, 1985 

Four Churches Will Host 
WOC Fall Meetings 

Moderator Nominee 

Alexander J. McKelway, Jr. 

Mecklenburg Presbytery 
will meet on Tuesday, Sep- 
tember 24. at 9:00 a.m. at Cen- 
tral Steele Creek Presbyterian 
Church, Charlotte. Alexander 
J. McKelway, Jr., Professor 
at Davidson College, is 

Several churches in Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery report special 
happenings in their Christian 
Education programs this sum- 

Cluster Churches 

Our Cluster Churches (Mat- 
thews, Indian Trail and Benton 
Heights) shared their second Day 
Camp at Cane Creek Park in 
Union County. 

Using the facilities of a county 
park in a beautiful setting, day 
campers studied "God's 
Creation," with Bible Study, in- 
dividual activities and group 
recreation— paddle boats, 


"Alcohol: Choice or Trap," a 
helpful issues packet for use 
with youth groups, produced 
by JED and available at the 
Resource Center. 

Weir Is Mission 
Effort Subject 

Benjamin Weir, the 
Presbyterian missionary who has 
been held hostage along with six 
other persons in Beirut for 15 
months, is the subject of a Minute 
for Mission tape which is being 
used across the church (available 
from the Resource center) . 

Other resources on the tape are 
radio spots which have been sent 
to every radio station in the coun- 

There are several ways to aid 
in this effort. Call your favorite 
station and urge them to use the 
tape. Borrow the Minute for 
Mission and play it in your chur- 

There is also a copy of the 
award-winning radio series, 
PASSAGES, which features 
Carol Weir and her story of faith 
and hope. 

swimming and Presbytery's ear- 
th ball and parachute provided 

Special resource persons in- 
cluded the park ranger, who took 
the campers on a nature hike, 
and leadership (youth and adult) 
from the three churches, plus 
cluster educator Ida McCaskill. 

Through the generosity of Paw 
Creek Church, a van provided 
some transportation. 

Steele Creek Church 
Fifteen youth and adults from 
Steele Creek Church have retur- 
ned from an educational/work 
trip to Washington, D.C. Staying 
at "The Pilgrimage," the group 
engaged in work projects at the 
Urban Center and at "Martha's 
Table," a ministry for street 
people, where they made 700 san- 

As a part of their educational 
experience, they met with 
Congressman Alex McMillan and 
worshipped at National 

Replacing the usual WOC 
district meetings and helpshops 
this fall are four meetings which 
will take place at various chur- 
ches around the Presbytery. 

Inspirational and infor- 
mational, each meeting will 
feature a special speaker, - id all 
meetings will have officer 
training classes, a Bible 
Moderater class, one other 
special class, and refreshments 

Anne Byrd Gilchrist 

Here For 

Pete, Maggie, Pendelton and 
Meg Peery have returned for a 
two-month furlough in the U.S. 

Vacation time will be spent at 
their home in Montreat. They will 
be preaching at Myers Park 
Church on September 9, and Pete 
will be speaking at Presbytery on 
September 24. 

Pete and Maggie are serving 
our denomination as Peace 
Associates in Europe, and are 
based in London. Working with 
the British Council of Churches, 
and sharing in the ministry of two 
small churches in south London, 
they have also had interesting 
experiences in eastern European 
countries this year. 

Pete will be itinerating for the 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 
September, after Maggie and the 
children return. 

and fellowship. 

Also, there will be an optional 
segment which will offer 
discussion of the proposed plan 
for women's work in the new 
church union. 

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Districts 
7 and 8 will visit Huntersville 
Church and hear Janet Robinson. 
She is a graduate of Queens 
College and renowned as a teacher 
of Bible in the public schools for 

Mary Thomas Burke 

Bettye Coleman Mynatt 

42 years. 

Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6 will meet 
together at Steele Creek Church 
on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 22. 
Mary Thomas Burke, Catholic 
nun and chairperson of the 
Department of Human Resources 
and Head of the Counseling 
Department of UNCC, will 
deliver the inspirational address. 

District 3 will convene at 
Walkersville Church on Sunday 
afternoon, Sept. 29, and will hear 
Anne Byrd Gilchrist. She conduc- 
ts cooking seminars in the U.S. 
and Europe, is the author of 
gourmet cookbooks, and is the 
hostess of the cooking segment of 
WSOC-TV's noon-day program. 
In addition, she is Personal Faith 
and Family Life Chairman on 
Presbyterial Council. 

Lastly, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 
District 2 will meet at Wadesboro 
First Church. Charlottean Bettye 
Coleman Mynatt, who earned her 
Home Economics degree at the 
University of Tennessee and is a 
time-management speaker and 
author of a devotional book, will 
be featured speaker. 

Conducting the Bible 
Moderator classes will be Jane 
Brawley, Associate Minister, 
First Church, Charlotte, and 
Harriet Durham, co-pastor of 
Stevenson Church. 

Presbyterial council members 
will present helpshops of their 
respective offices, and the other 
classes will be led by the featured 

The time for all meetings is 
2:15-5:00 p.m. From 5 to 6 p.m. 
there will be the optional 
discussion of the proposed design 
for the women's organization in 
the new church union. 

All Presbyterian women and 
their guests are welcome at all 

Calendar of Events 

All meetings scheduled at Presbytery Center unless otherwise 


28 2:00p.m.— Nominating Committee 
2:00 p.m.— Budget & Finance 


3 4:00 p.m. —Planning 

5 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

9 7:00 p.m.— Specialized Ministries 


4:00 p.m.— Christian Education 
12 7:30p.m.— Women's Concerns 

14 Districts 7 & 8, WOC Fall Meeting-Huntersville Church 
17 3:00 p.m.— Committee on Ministry 

22 Districts 1, 4, 5, & 6, WOC Fall Meeting— Steele Creek Church 


28 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.— Caldwell Memorial Session 

Planning Day 

29 District 3, WOC Fall Meeting— Walkersville Church 


1 4:00 p.m.— Planning 

3 2:30 p.m.— Presbytery's Council 

6 District 2, WOC Fall Meeting— Wadesboro First Church 

Cluster Holds Camp; 
Youth Work In D.C. 

AUGUST, 1985 



Th e Or a nge Pres byterian 

Bob Poteet, Editor August, 1985 

Important Meetings Are Set 

Work Continues In Mbujimayi 

The work does continue in 
Mbujimayi, Zaire. In the above 
photograph, Bob Patterson, 
member of the Orange 
Presbytery Hunger Committee 
and one of the two directors of the 
Christian Health Center in 
Mbijimayi, Zaire from Orange 
Presbytery, is having a try at ox- 
traction. The scene is in the 
village of Tshiondo where extrac- 
tion has been made available 
through the center's village 
program and OXFAM. Tshiondo 
has been a very successful part of 
our efforts and is in the area 
where the bridge was built. 

With Bob Patterson is Medi, 
director of the agriculture 
program, and members of the 
village committee. Medi, a 
radiant Christian, worked as 
Doug Welch's assistant and 
became director when Doug 
came back to the U.S. Having 
Medi as director is part of our 

Two of our churches are 
holding special preaching ser- 
vices in the near future to which 
members and friends are invited. 

Dr. J. Sherrard Rice, 
Executive Director of Massanet- 
ta Springs Conference Center, 
Harrisonburg, VA, is the guest 
preacher for the week of Aug. 18- 
25 at the Alamance Presbyterian 
Church. Dr. Rice, a graduate of 
Davidson College, Union 
Seminary (VA) and Princeton 
Theological Seminary, has ser- 
ved as pastor of churches in West 
Virginia, Texas, South Carolina 
and Louisiana, and has served as 
Secretary of the denomination's 
Division of Christian Witness and 
Evangelism in the PCUS. This 
well-known preacher will 
deliver the sermon during the 
11 A.M. worship service, Aug. 18, 
and will preach each evening, 
Sunday through Friday, at 7:30 

Dr. David L. Stitt will be the 
lecturer for the 1985 Royster 
Bible Lectures at First Church, 

goal to provide assistance that 
will help people to become self- 
sufficient. The oxen are evidence 
of the progress that has been 
made in areas where cultivation 
has traditionally been done by 
women using short handled hoes. 

Bob Patterson attended the 
spring meeting of the Board of 
the Christian Health Center in 
Mbujimayi and provided counsel 
and technical assistance to the 
agriculture staff both at the cen- 
ter and in the villages. At the 
request of the Presbyterian 
Hunger Program of the General 
Assembly he made a stop in 
Kenya to evaluate a Presbyterian 
Hunger Project. 

Bob and members of the 
Presbytery Hunger Committee 
are available to share the good 
news of what is happening and 
what it means, being in partner- 
ship with the Zairian 
Presbyterian Church. 

Henderson, Sept. 22-25, speaking 
an Sunday morning during the 11 
a.m. worship and at 8 p.m. each 
evening,- Sunday through Wed- 
nesday. The theme for the series 
is "Biblical Glimpses Into the 
Nature of God: The impartiality, 
presence, silence, love and 
promises of God." 

Dr. Stitt is a former Moderator 
of the General Assembly of the 
PCUS and for 26 years, president 
of Austin Theological Seminary. 
He has served pastorates in 
Missouri and in Texas and is 
presently serving as Interim 
Minister of First Church, Tulsa, 

This is the tenth annual series 
of lectures established in 1975 in 
honor of Dr. Thomas Sampson 
Royster and Helen Borda 
Royster, long-time members of 
First Church, Henderson, by 
bringing "Dynamic Christian 
ministers and lay persons to con- 
duct special preaching, tea- 
ching and lecture services." 

Several "arms of presbytery" 
have set meetings which will be 
of great importance to our chur- 

The Youth Ministry Committee 
is holding a series of District 
Meetings between August 22-29 to 
visit with pastors, youth ad- 
visors, educators, and interested 
youth and parents. The purpose is 
to listen and to share: listen to 
those present as to their percep- 
tions of presbytery's role in 
relationship to that of the local 
church in youth ministry; to 
learn of felt needs and to hear 
suggestions as to how presbytery 
might more effectively meet 
these needs. Also, the members 
of the Youth Ministry Committee 
will share a new printed resource 
prepared and printed by the com- 
mittee entitled Youth Ministry 
Notebook which incorporates 
many suggestions and ideas 
about resources, handles for 
youth ministry, people and places 
and great planning calendars for 
developing a well rounded, multi- 
faceted total program of youth 

Krista Lovell and Candy Reid, 
two educators in the 
presbytery— Krista Lovell in- 
terim DCE at Starmount Church, 
Greensboro, and Candy Reid, 
DCE Alamance Church, Green- 
sboro — were co-editors. 

The districts, dates, and places 
are as follows. All meetings are 
from 7-8:30 P.M. If you cannot 
make a meeting in your district, 
please plan to attend an alternate 

Dist. 1 Aug. 22 

Greenwood Church. Reidsville 
Dist. 2 Aug. 22 

First. Greensboro 

Kirk Builds 
Sells Bonds 

Members of Kirk of Kildaire 
Presbyterian Church in Cary will 
kick off a two week $350,000 bond 
sale to members and interested 
persons on September 15. 

The monies will be used to aid 
in the financing of their new 
multipurpose sanctuary anrf 
education building. 

The Kirk, which will celebrate 
its sixth birthday on Reformation 
Sunday, is presently using the 
original Kildaire Farms 
Clubhouse located on Kildaire 
Farm Road. Last fall a 
building fund campaign netted 
$250,000. Financing has been ob- 
tained to complete the building 
project, but the sale of bonds will 
enable the congregation to obtain 
more attractive financing at a 
fixed rate of interest. 

Bonds in increments of $250.00 
will be offered. They will pay 10- 
12% interest, compounded semi- 
annually to be redeemed on 
maturity dates ranging from 4-12 

The new sanctuary and 
education wing have a combined 
area of 8,310 square feet. The 
carpeted sanctuary has a raised 
chancel and the roof line has ar- 
ched wooden beams. It will seat 
350. The education wing includes 
5 classrooms, a suite of offices, 
kitchen, and a workroom. Com- 
pletion date is Nov. 18, 1985. 

Dist. 3 Aug. 27 

Graham Church, Graham 
Dist. 4 Aug. 20 

Hillsborough Church, 
Dist. 5 Aug. 22 

West Raleigh Church, Raleigh 
Dst. 6 Aug. 22 

First, Henderson 
Dist. 7 Aug. 29 

First, Smithfield 

The Orange Presbytery Foun- 
dation is sponsoring a series of 
Planned Giving Seminarys — 
"Tithes and Taxes" with Dr. 
Fred Stair and Mr. Terry Young 
of the Presbyterian Foundation 
featured as guest speakers. All 
local church stewardship chair- 
persons, pastors, and officers are 
invited to come and learn how the 
local church will benefit! The 
meetings are set in the places in- 
dicated, on the dates shown, each 
beginning at 7:30 p.m. 
Oct. l First Church, 

Oct. 8 First Church. 


Oct. 15 Presbytery Office, 


Oct. 29 First Church, 


The Leadership Development 
and Support Section wants to an- 
nounce a Kervgma Workshop 
being held at the Covenant 
Presbyterian Church, Charlotte 
on October 8-9. Orange, 
Presbytery sponsored such a 
workshop in February and had 
excellent response. Consequen- 
tly, about a dozen of our churches 
are entering into this challenging 

Putting The Peaces Together is 
the theme for the presbytery's 
Peacemaking Committee retreat 
set for Sept. 6-7. The purpose of 
the retreat is to provide skills 
training, support and a myriad of 
ways to integrate peacemaking 
into the church's life and mission. 

The Rev. Richard Watts, one of 
our denomination's noted leaders 
is peacemaking ministry and 
coordinator of the Swords Into 
Plowshares Project, will offer an 
overview of the PC(USA)'s 
"Commitment to Peacemaking." 

The four workshops are: 

* "Implementing the 'Com- 
mitment to Peacemaking' " led 
by Dick Watts. 

♦"Parenting for Peace," Ann 
Tyler, local coordinator for the 
Parenting for Peace and Justice 

* "Peacemakers at Worship: 
Feeding the Roots," Tim 

and substantive Adult Bible 
Study Program this fall, a 
program which addresses the 
serious problem of biblical 
illiteracy. If your church missed 
out on this outstanding program 
of biblical study, contact Bob 
Poteet in the presbytery office or 
contact the Kerygma Program, 
300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 205, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15234 (412-344- 

The Presbyterian Counseling 
Center of Greensboro is helping 
to sponsor a conference on the 
Spiritual and Physical Wholeness 
In The Family to be held at Elon 
College on Friday evening, Oc- 
tober 18 from 7:30-9:30 P.M. and 
on Saturday, October 19, 9:00 

Leaders for the Conference will 
be Dr. Kenneth Bakken and Cin- 
dy Hilbert of Baltimore, MD. A 
physician specializing in preven- 
tive medicine, Dr. Bakken also 
has a doctorate in international 
health and holds a faculty 
position at the Johns Hopkins 
University. He is founder and 
Executive Director of St. Luke 
Health Ministries located in 
Baltimore and author of the new 
book, The Call to Wholeness: 
Health as a Spiritual Journey. 

To register or to receive fur- 
ther information contact the 
sponsoring agency, the Family 
and Community Services of the 
Elon Home for Children, P.O. 
Box 157, Elon College, N.C. 27244 

Kimrey, Church of Recon- 
ciliation and Buddy Olney, Cam- 
pus Minister, NCSU. 

* "Education for Peace," Joe 
Moran, Regional Assoc. Director, 
Church World Service; and Betsy 
Crites, Witness for Peace. 

The total cost of the retreat is 
$20 per person. Any older youth 
and adults may register by sen- 
ding $10 to Orange Presbytery, 
Box 2874, Durham, NC 27705 no 
later than Sept. 1. 

The retreat will begin at 5 p.m. 
Friday and end by 5 p.m. Satur- 
day. It will be held at Camp 
Kanata ( YMCA) 10 miles north of 
Raleigh. Families are invited to 
attend (reduced rate for children 
12 and under) and child care will 
be provided for younger children. 

For further information call 
Ann Higgs at the presbytery of- 
fice (286-0704) or David Wiseman 

White Gate Home Status 

Inquiries have been made about the status of the Raleigh 
Home and the application procedures for admission. The home 
is still in the formative stages and applications are now being 

If you are interested in receiving application information in 
the near future, please write: 
Presbyterian Home of High Point 
P.O. Box 2007 
High Point, N.C. 27261 
Attn: White Gate Retirement Center 

Your inquiry or submission of your name will not give priority 
for admission to the retirement center. However, your name 
will be kept on file and when more definite information is 
available, it will be provided. 

First Presbyterian Church Sept. 21, 1985 
Burlington 9:00 a.m. -4:15 p.m. 


$10.00 Before September 10th 
$15.00 After September 10th 

Churches Hold Special Services 

Peacemaking Retreat Set 



AUGUST, 1985 

Lesson Twelve: September — Jesus As A Prophet: Who He Was — 

Circle Bible Leaders Study Guide 

This is our last Circle Bible Lesson for the year, the 
third study of Jesus as a prophet. In his message, his 
mission, his entire witness, Jesus showed himself "by his 
word and spirit," as the catechism says, to be a prophet. 

When we look now at who Jesus was, keeping in mind 
what he did and what he said, we note that Matthew 
makes clear in Chapter l that Jesus was at the same time 
the Son of God and a descendant of Abraham. While the 
prophets and other Israelites could claim that they were 
children of God, Matthew and Luke claim the title for 
Jesus in a special way. Jesus' birth was due to the 
initiative of the Holy Spirit, so that he was born as Son of 
God, a fact that made him different from other prophets. 
The mystery of the identity of God-Man Matthew con- 
tinues to explore throughout the gospel. 

For a conversation that took place between Jesus and 
his followers concerning his identity, read Matt. 16:13-23. 
From the beginning of his ministry Jesus was recognized 
as being in the succession of the prophets. When he asked 
his disciples at Caesarea Phillipi, "Who do people say that 
I am?" the disciDles replied. "They think vou are one of 
the prophets." And they mentioned as "for instances" two 
of the strong ones : Elijah and Jeremiah (vss. 13-14). Then 
when Jesus continued, "But who do you say that I am?" 
Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living 
God." After that unequivocal confession we might assume 
that Peter and the others were assured of Jesus' being 
Messiah and Son of God. 

But Jesus' struggle with his disciples' 
concept of his identity was just beginning Peter 
had used the word "Messiah," "anointed one," and the 
disciples were sure they knew exactly what that meant. 
The Messiah was to be the descendant of King David who 
was to come and throw off the yoke of Rome, exalting 
Israel above her enemies. But this was not the entire pic- 

From the time of Peter's confession, Matthew 
makes it clear that Jesus began to blend with the idea of 
Messiah another concept which it had not occured to 
anyone before that time to relate to the great king. That 
concept was the Suffering Servant from II Isaiah. When 
Peter objected to Jesus' saying that he would suffer, Jesus: 
was stern with him, calling him "Satan," and indicating 
that the temptation not to go the way of suffering was a 
real one. Our Lord was living his life by faith. He had not 
memorized a script that he was just waiting for the third 
act to recite. The Incarnation was genuine. 

Although the disciples thought Jesus was a prophet and 
more than a prophet, when each new crisis arose they 
showed their lack of faith. In Matthew 14:13-21 the 
disciples are there when Jesus feeds 5,000 people and they 
take up twelve baskets of leftovers. In Matthew 15:32-38 
they are present when he feeds 4,000, with seven baskets 

By Mary Boney Sheats 

left over. But in spite of these experiences, read Matt. 
16:5-12 and see what happens. When just twelve of them 
are going across the lake and they discover they have no 
bread, they are distressed! Yes, they knew he had done 
miraculous things before, but somehow they did not trust 
his adequacy in the present situation. 

Read Matt. 26:47-56. Although they had been with him 
throughout his ministry, when he was arrested by the 
authorities, and Jesus acceeded to the arrest, look at their 
reaction. When Jesus accepted arrest, saying "that the 
Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled," then "the 
disciples, all of them, forsaking him, fled." (Following the 
sequence in the Greek of Matt. 26:56. ) Who did they think 
he was then? Keep in mind that Jesus had no white robe or 
halo such as our imaginative pictures of him show. In fact, 
came to arrest him, Judas had to kiss him to point out 
which one Jesus was. 

The question of the authority of the prophet is one that 
has always caused a struggle. Most of the canonical pro- 
phets were not recognized as such in their lifetimes. 
(What if Amaziah could have known that the only way his 
name would be preserved for posterity was with regard to 
that rough nuisance of a herdsman he tried to run out of 
town ! ) 

Read Matt. 21:23-27. When Jesus was asked a question 
about his authority, his reply in effect was, Authority is 
self-authenticating. If the religious leaders had truly 
known God, they would have recognized the spirit of God 
in John the Baptist. Since they did not hear God speaking 
through John, they were not like to hear God's authentic 
voice through Jesus. 

Jesus was indebted to the prophet Zechariah for the idea 
of the acted parable he performed on Palm Sunday. Here 
he was giving his best clue to date of who he really 
was. (Zech. 9:9, Matt. 21: Iff. ) Matthew quotes the verse 
from Zechariah: 
Tell the daughter of Zion 
Behold, your king is coming to you, 
humble, and mounted on an ass, 
and on a colt, the foal of an ass. 

And when he entered Jerusalem the crowds said, "This 
is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee" (Matt. 
21:11). Those who wanted to see deep significance in the 
drama Jesus was enacting from Zechariah could do so 
and could realize Jesus was claiming to be king of peace. 
Those who did not would just discuss the action as being 
that of a man coming into the city on a donkey. 

The chief priests and Pharisees had long since recogniz- 
ed the danger Jesus brought to their kind of religion, but 
Matthew says, "When they tried to arrest him, they 
feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a pro- 
phet" (Matt. 21:46). Before he was arrested, Jesus quoted 
Zechariah again, "I will strike the shepherd and the sheep 

of the flock will be scattered" (Matt. 26:31, quoting Zech. 


Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12. The supreme connection of 
Jesus was the Old Testament, one that is so important in 
the New Tastament that, if we did not have the Hebrew 
Scriptures, we could reproduce all but two verses from the 
New Testament. As Christians we cannot read the words 
without thinking of Jesus, but we must be honest in our ex- 
egesis. This is, first of all, and still, Jewish writing, and it 
was written down for centuries before Jesus of Nazareth 
appeared. No one, until Jesus, saw this abhorred, suffer- 
ing person as a pattern for God's Servant (and his ser- 
vants) to be combined with that of the Messiah. It is this 
figure of the Suffering Servant that makes II Isaiah the 
most profound theologian of the Old Testament, for no one 
before had quite so deeply fathomed the nature of God. 
The servant songs start in Chapter 42 in a way that could 
refer to the nation, Israel ; they continue in such a manner 
that a remnant of the people could be meant. Then when 
we come to Chapter 53, the servant seems to be an in- 
dividual. And what can we, or Israel, do with him? No 
comeliness; no beauty; despised, rejected; and we jump 
to the conclusion that anyone who is suffering must have 
sinned. But we come to realize it is for our sin that he is 
suffering. Then we recognize that this is in the plan of God 
— and that suffering is not the end. The servant will even- 
tually be satisfied, and exalted. We are outside the realm 
of the prophets here, but we are at the heart of all the 
prophets hoped for. 


What Jesus did, what he said, who he was, all come 
together as Jesus of Nazareth becomes the Christ of 
Faith, and we realize that One greater than all the pro- 
phets is here. He then is for us what we mean when we say 
"God," and what God means when he says, "A truly 
human being." 


1. Assign underlined Scripture passages to different in- 
dividuals to start discussion. Select those references you 
think would help face most directly who Jesus is as the 
prophet we need. 

2. Face again the question with which we began our 
study of A Contemporary Message from the Past: Who 
are the prophets today? Where are the hints and echoes of 
where Jesus is living as a prophet in our midst? 

3. Our Bible Study for 1985-86 is entitled, Weaving the 
Fabric of Faith, by Johanna W.H. Bos, and is based on the 
Apostles' Creed. Since Presbyterians are a creedal 
church, this should be an important and enlightening 
study. Order your copy of this book from the N.C. 
Presbyterian Resource Center, P.O. Box 10785, Raleigh, 
.N.C. 27605. 

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The project will particularly 
focus on small churches, said Dr. 
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likely candidates coming into the 
region from other denominations, 
he said. 

Organizers have been planning 
the project, and are now forming 
an advisory committee to ad- 
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committee will include members 
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from the Synod of the South. 
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Protestant Hour radio program, 
the Presbyterian series on the 
ecumenical program this fall will 
feature some of the most re- 
quested and historic sermons of 
the past 40 years, including three 
by North Carolina ministers, the 
Presbyterian News Service 
reported. The Presbyterian 
series will air from September 8 
through Nov. 24. 

Sermons by North Carolina 
ministers are: the Rev. John A. 
Redhead, retired pastor of First 
Church in Greensboro, 
September 15; the Rev. H. Louis 
Patrick, pastor of Trinity Church 
Charlotte, October 20; and the 
Rev. Alexander McGeachy, 
pastor of West Raleigh Church, 
November 24. 

The series will kick off with a 
sermon by the late Rev. W.T. 
Thompson, who was the first 
speaker on the series; his sermon 
will air September 8. 

Other sermons will be by the 
Rev. William Benfield, Sept. 22; 
the Rev. Thomas L. Jones, Sept. 
29; the Rev. Ernest Campbell, 

Oct. 6; the Rev. Wade Huie, Oct. 
13; the Rev. James A. Wharton, 
Oct. 27; the Rev. Don Wardlaw, 
Nov. 3; the Rev. James E. An- 
drews, Nov. 10; and the Rev. 
Patricia A. McClurg, Nov. 17. 


tor ^oung Children 

The following children have 
recited the children's catechism, 
for which the Synod has awarded 
them certificates and $15.00: 

Tara Ammons, Caison Jones, 
Lee Rachels, Lisa Smith, 
Wayland Hicks, Montpelier 
Church, Wagram ; Ryan 
Mesimer, Craig Mesimer, First 
Church, Salisbury; John Davis, 
First Church, Concord; Timothy 
Akers and Joseph Ellington, 
Montreat Church; Mary Finley, 
Elizabeth Karry, Kristina 
Spainhour, Julie Webb, North 
Wilkesboro Church; and Tracey 
Williamson, Raeford Church, 

AUGUST, 1985 



Ministerial Changes Davidson Names New Vice 

President For Development 

Based on reports received by 
the stated clerk of Synod from the 
stated clerks of the presbyteries. 

Wilson T. Dowling is now 
without charge. A member of 
Concord Presbytery, he was 
pastor of Cramerton Church. 

C. Allan Poole has been 
received by Orange Presbytery 
from Concord Presbytery to ac- 
cept the call as associate pastor 
of Blacknall Church in Durham. 
He was associate pastor of First 
Church in Winston-Salem. 

Randall A. Boggs has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Piedmont Presbytery to ac- 
cept the call as associate pastor 
of First Church, Belmont. 

Daniel D. Rhodes has been 
honorably retired by Concord 
Presbytery. He was professor at 
Davidson College. 

James A. Cannon has been 
received by Concord Presbytery 
from Charleston Presbytery to 
accept the call as pastor of Heph- 
zibah Church in Bessemer City. 

Jerry M. Smith is now a 
student. He was associate pastor 
of First Church, Salisbury, and is 
a member of Concord 

Samuel W. Hale has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from Concord Presbytery to ac- 
cept the call as pastor of 
Cullowhee Church. He was pastor 

Synods — 

Continued From Page One 

programming, with responsi- 
bilities in specific areas, such as 
education, global mission, or 
social justice. 

Regional units would seem to 
result in much more closely coor- 
dinated implementation of the 
General Assembly's policies by 
the presbyteries. The Council 
would employ regional directors, 
who would be accountable to it. 

Under the proposal, the 
regional office would also 
"secure adequate resources from 
the G.A. and the presbyteries for 
mission within the region." 

The Council would recommend 
policy and budget to the 
Assembly and would implement 
the policy and budget the 
Assembly adopts. The Council 
would set overall budget and 
policy for its units; those units 
would report directly to the Coun- 
cil, which in turn would report to 
the Assembly. 

In addition, the Office of the 
General Assembly would be ac- 
countable to the Council. 

$8 Million 

Continued From Page Three 

minister's home, the younger 
McGaw swore he'd never be 
poor, and he founded Hospital 
Supply Corporation at age 25. 

Today, the American Hospital 
Supply Corporation is the largest 
company in its field in the U.S. 

Hot Springs Church is a new 
member of Asheville Presbytery, 
recently transferred from 
Holston Presbytery of the former 
United Presbyterian Church. 

of First Church, Lincolnton. 

The Cramerton Church was 

dismissed by Concord Pres- 
bytery to the Evangelical Pres- 
byterian Church on June 15. 

James S. Parks has been or- 
dained by Wilmington Presby- 
tery and installed as pastor of 
Pink Hill Church. 

John C. Laughlin has been 
received by Asheville Presbytery 
from South Louisiana Presbytery 
to accept a call as pastor of Grace 
Covenant Church in Asheville. 

Robert P. Richardson has been 
dismissed by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery to Middle Tennessee 
Presbytery. He was pastor of 
Sharon Church in Charlotte. 

Charles J. Krohn is now a 

member-at-large of Wilmington 
Presbytery. He was pastor of Lit- 
tle Chapel on the Boardwalk, 
Wrightsville Beach. 

David B. Jenkins is now 

executive director of the 
Outreach Foundation. A member 
of Albemarle Presbytery, he was 
pastor of First Church in Gold- 

Stuart T. Wilson has been 
dismissed by Asheville Pres- 
bytery to Norfolk Presbytery. 

William H. Tiemann has been 
received by Mecklenburg 
Presbytery from Grace 
Presbytery to accept the call as 
associate presbyter for mission. 

LaGrange Church was 
dissolved effective June 30 by 
Albemarle Presbytery. 

Dr. John V. Griffith has been 
named vice-president for 
development at Davidson 
College. He had been dean of ad- 
missions and financial aid since 

In his new position, Griffith will 
oversee all the college's 
development programs, as well 
as the alumni and com- 
munications programs. 

A graduate of Dickinson 
College with a master's degree 
from Harvard Divinity School 
and a doctorate from Syracuse 
University, Griffith came to 
Davidson from the Center for the 
Study of Higher Education at the 
University of Michigan, where he 
was primary research officer and 
associate director of a project to 
improve information to prospec- 
tive students from post- 
secondary institutions. 
In other personnel changes an- 

First Church of Thomasville 
has established a capital fund to 
provide money for annual 
distribution to special capital 
campaigns of Presbyterian in- 
stitutions and agencies, in order 
that the church not have special 
drives. Church members can con- 
tribute to the capital fund at any 
time, as regular contributions or 
special gifts. 

The latest gift from the capital 
fund was of $500 to Union 
Seminary. The session has com- 

Dr. John V.Griffith 

nounced by the college, Gracia 
W. Slater has been named direc- 

mitted up to $2,000 from the fund 
for the church's next disburse- 
ment, to the Presbyterian 

The original challenge for the 
fund was a minimum of 50 cents 
per week from each household. 


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director of the annual-giving 
program from 1980. 

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place on September 20. Events 
that week include a symposium 
on "Christian Higher Education" 
on September 18, a symposium on 
"Appalachian Heritage Cele- 
bration" on September 19, and an 
address on that date by Terry 
Sanford. former governor of Nor- 
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TV Coverage, Control Typify Contrasts In Nicaragua 


Second Of Two Parts 

When television sets come on in 
Nicaragua, the airwaves carry 
reruns of Bewitched and episodes 
of Knight Rider, a line-up the 
Rev. Allen Proctor finds 

Proctor was one of five North 
Carolina Presbyterians among a 
group. of Americans who went to 
Nicaragua last spring, looking 
for evidence as to whether the 
Sandinista government there is 
trying to indoctrinate the people 
with Marxist-Leninism. 

"We watched several Latin- 
produced soap operas," Proctor 
said in an interview, "in which 
the values were very bourgeois. 
They were North American 
values: expensive clothes and 
cars, lots of romance and 

At the same time, the San- 
dinistas control the one television 
station and Nicaragua's news 
agency. In the report issued after 
their return, the Americans said, 
"We are concerned that [the TV 
station] is used to promote party 
propaganda." Proctor said that 
most news reports they saw 
covered speeches and political 
rallies; asked if TV coverage in- 
cluded opposition speeches, he 
said, "I doubt it." 

Government influence in other 
media varies. Some radio 
stations are controlled by the 
Sandinistas; many are not. 
Managua has three newspapers: 

the official party journal; El 
Nuevo Diario, which has been 
generally sympathetic to the 
Sandinistas and is not censored; 
and La Prensa. which has op- 
posed the government and has 
suffered censorship, which the 
Americans called a "real 

Education. One afternoon, at 
the end of the school day. Proctor 
and his companions visited a 
school in Achuapa, a town on the 
Honduran border. In a class- 
room, they gathered six teachers 
and talked about Nicaraguan 

"We had heard in [the U.S.] 
and from members of the op- 
position that schools are used to 
indoctrinate the children to 
Communism and Marxism," 
Proctor said, and the visitors 
brought up the accusation. 

"They laughed at us." In ad- 
dition to their laughter and 
amazement, the teachers acted 
insulted, he said. "Two of them 
ran over to their classrooms and 
brought back double armloads of 

Among the mathematics, 
anatomy, social-studies, and 
history texts, he found some 
material on the Sandinistas, 
though not much, and no mention 
of Communism and Marxism. He 
did find something else, though. 

"I was reading a fourth-grade 
biology book, which was ex- 
plaining all the different organs 
in the body, and their function, 
and their names; muscles. 

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With nearly 900 pictures ac- 
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the book is a comprehensive but 
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evolution over nearly 300 years. 

American Presbyterians: A 
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The appearance of this volume 
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skeletal systems: things which I 
didn't learn until I was in tenth- 
grade biology." 

Religion. El Lagartillo is a 
farming cooperative near 
Achuapa. Its members labor 
together in more than 
agriculture. "They come 
together once or twice a week to 
study the Bible and pray together 
and share," Proctor said. 

His host in Achuapa, Armancio 
Perez, leads the Christian-based 
community. Catholic priests in 
Nicaragua train lay pastors, like 
Perez, to lead such communities. 
They may be farming 
cooperatives, or just groups of 
families that meet regularly. 

The American visitors met 
with Catholic priests and lay 
pastors and with Protestant 
ministers. "They all told us the 
same thing," the group said in 
their report: "They have ex- 
perienced complete freedom to 
practice their religion in 

The Americans did find tension 
between the Catholic hierarchy 
and the lay pastors, centering on 
the secular leadership in their 
communities of many of the lat- 
ter. The group listed three 
notable incidents of church-state 
conflict in the past few years ; two 
involved cases of alleged 
collaberation with the Contras, 

while the third was the expulsion 
of foreign Mormons and 
Jehovah's Witnesses for their 
aggressive proselytizing. 

The Contras. Proctor stayed 
with Armancio Perez, his wife, 
and seven children in a house 
they shared with another woman 
and her children in Achuapa, not 
El Lagartillo. The Perez family 
had retreated to the town to live 
after Contras attacked the farm 
late last year. Another teenaged 
daughter was killed last year by 
the Contras. 

From what they saw on the 
Honduran border, the American 

visitors said the Contras concen- 
trated on disrupting agriculture, 
destroying crops and buildings. 
Proctor saw a school they had 
recently destroyed. 

"Women and children 
represent a disproportionately 
high number of deaths," the 
group reported. 

Proctor said that opposition 
figures they met in Managua 
said, "We do not support the San- 
dinistas, but we believe'that these 
are internal problems— and you 
must let us solve our own 

Embassy Vigil 

Continued From Page One 
p.m., on Sept. 9 for a review of 
relevant issues and an orienta- 
tion on the vigil, and the Rev. Tim 
Kimrey will lead worship; he is 
pastor of the Church of the 
Reconciliation in Chapel Hill. 

At 3:00, the Presbyterians will 
walk from the church to the South 
African embassy, about 20 
minutes away. The vigil there is 
expected to last about two hours. 

Anyone interested in par- 
ticipating in the vigil should con- 
tact their presbytery coordinator 
for details on logistics. Those 
coordinators and their telephone 

numbers are: Albemarle 
Presbytery: Rev. Joseph 
Cochran, (919 ) 752-7160; 
Asheville Presbytery: Mrs. Gin- 
nie Stevens, (704) 253-0159; Con- 
cord Presbytery: Ms. Kathleen 
Murdock, (704) 872-4045; Fayet- 
teville Presbytery: Rev. Hal 
Hyde, (919)692-6252; Mecklen- 
burg Presbytery: Rev. Robert 
Smith, (704) 366-1854; Orange 
Presbytery: Rev. Kay-Robert 
Volkwijn, (919) 286-0704 (in 
Greensboro area: Rev. Frank 
Dew, (919) 275-6403); Wilmington 
Presbytery: Mr. Jim Bartlett, 
(919) 278-6858. 

Colleges Ponder Their Response 
To Policies Of Assembly 


Representatives of colleges and 
universities throughout the 
nation explored whether the in- 
stitutions have the responsibility 
to implement the policies of the 
General Assembly as the group 
met at Warren Wilson College 
near here. 

Dan West, president of Arkan- 
sas College, led members of the 
Association of Presbyterian 
Colleges and Universities 
through a three-hour study 
designed to focus on the question 
of divestiture, particularly in the 
matter of South Africa. 

As the discussion unfolded, it 
become evident that most of the 
70 colleges represented at the 
meeting, many by their presiden- 
ts, felt that the colleges did have 
a responsibility to carry out the 
suggestions of the General 

But the big problem arose in 
trying to figure out some way 



2 Office of Synod closed 

3 Fayetteville Presbytery 

9 Vigil by N.C. Presbyter- 
ians at South African Em- 
bassy, Washington, D.C. 

12 Albemarle Presbytery 

20 Inauguration of Dr. Brad- 
ford L. Crain, president of 
Lees-McRae College, 
Banner Elk, 10:00a.m. 

24 Mecklenburg Presbytery 

that the trustees and adminis- 
trators of the colleges and other 
agencies can carry out their 
fiscal responsibilities while at the 
same time satisfying what the 
church adopted as the moral 

Arthur Ryan of the Board of 
Pensions said the whole issue of 
divestiture generates all types of 
tensions. He said these include 
tensions to a person himself and 
tensions to the loyalties to the 
organization and to the church it- 

Some trustees have deep 
feeling about divestiture, he-ad- 
ded. And he cautioned that 
trustees could be accused of ac- 
ting illegally if they sell stock at a 
loss and could be subject to a suit. 

The trustees must have an 
equal alternate investment and 
must not allow a portfolio to suf- 
fer, he said. 

Robert M. Gavin Jr., president 
of Macalester College, said his 
college had involved students, 
faculty, administration, and 
trustees in the discussion over 

He said he did not feel that his 
college could pass by such an 
issue and still have a strong 
educational institution. 

He said not only did the campus 

undertake a heavy reading and 
discussion program on the issue, 
but that at the close of the study, 
debates were held to bring out the 
many issues on both sides. Some 
of the discussions ran the gamut 
from total divestiture to 
divestiture on a case-by-case 
basis. Macalester is still studying 
the issue he said, and has a com- 
mittee which includes a wide 
representation of the campus to 
monitor the college's investmen- 

West told the group that the 
issue is a major concern to 
Presbyterians. He said that the 
last time the endowments of the 
70 colleges represented here were 
checked, they totaled $1,948 

General Assemblies of the last 
few years, including the As- 
sembly at Indianapolis in June, 
have taken various types of ac- 
tion in regard to divestiture. But 
it mostly has been "suggestive" 
type of action, which some 
college representatives said is 
one of the most difficult types of 
situations to deal with. 

West said that some colleges 
and agencies are dealing with the 
situation by choosing alternative 
investments in third-world coun- 

Synod Council- 

Continued From Page One 

to conduct a Synod-wide capital 
campaign between 1986 and 1989. 
The campaign seeks $10.5 
million. The Council referred the 
request to its budget committee 
to study. 

The college proposes to raise 
$525,000 from the Synod's chur- 

ches in the campaign, with a 
challenge goal of $1 .5 million. 

The campaign would provide 
academic scholarships, a 
professional-development pro- 
gram for employees, a multi- 
purpose center, enrichment of 
endowment funds, renovation of 
steam and water lines, and an- 
nual operating funds. 

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100 Demonstrate At South African Embassy 

An estimated 100 
Presbyterians from North 
Carolina went to Washington, 
D.C. on September 9 to take part 
in a demonstration at the South 
African embassy. The Synod had 
endorsed the demonstration at its 
annual meeting May 30-June 1, 
meaning that participants were 
identified as Presbyterians from 
the Synod of North Carolina. 

In addition to those from the 
Synod, there were several par- 
ticipants from the Catawba Unit 
in North Carolina. 

In the sweltering heat,